You will find in this section some suggestions to enhance your stay around the gastronomy and wines of Burgundy.
- A Chef comes to cook for you at our Châteaux (Chef Thomas at Saunières, Lans & Mercurey, and Chef Raphaël at Montsymond & Montrevost).
- Participatory cooking class at Passion Cuisine, cooking school in Rully.
- Do not miss the main local producers’ markets.
- Suggestion for a discovery day around Tournus / Cluny : Visit of the Abbey of Tournus, Michelin-starred lunch at “Aux Terrasses” in Tournus, visit of the medieval village of Brancion to finish at the superb Château de Cormatin.
- Suggestion for a discovery day on the Côte de Beaune : Immersion in the world of wine at Olivier Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet with guided visit of the vineyard & the winery, presentation of the work in the vineyard and the work in the winery, commented tasting & gourmet lunch at the Leflaive restaurant. To follow, visit the famous Hospices des Beaune and finally the Château de Savigny les Beaune and its incredible collections.
- Pedal & enjoy ! Bourgogne Evasion takes you through the vineyard by bike with tasting stops at the winemakers.
- Finally, you will find some good addresses of restaurants, winegrowers & local producers that we recommend.
Note concerning my suggestions for Wineries visits :
The difficulty in this subject is that most of the wine producers where I buy wine from (around 25) are “on allocation” and therefore do not welcome public and do not sell any wine to the public. You can taste these wines from the Elite of Burgundy producers by joining one of the prestigious tasting experiences I organize with my Kasteliades guests. Please contact me for more details at email@example.com
I have nevertheless selected a few producers underneath who welcome public on appointment and where you will receive a good welcome if your introduce yourself as Kasteliades guests. It is necessary to give a phone call or send a mail to take an appointment. The tastings at producers are free of charge or a small fee is required, but wine producers in general expect that you will buy some wine.
Please avoid Sundays and the time slot between and 12am and 2pm.
Please contact the different providers directly to book (we do not make reservations) and do not hesitate to recommend you from Kasteliades for a special welcome.
COOKING COURSE AND DINNER
Passion Cuisine is a well-known cooking school located in the village of Rully (near Chalon). It’s a very friendly concept where you prepare your own Gastronomic Menu under the supervision of a prestigious Chef and then you enjoy the Diner or Lunch in a relaxed atmosphere.
What will you enjoy during this great Experience ?
The Chef will teach you about some of his cooking and preparation tricks in a very friendly way. You will be equipped with apron, knives and all the individual equipment required for the course.
You will become a « confident » Chef by learning the different techniques (to be honest, when I had to translate this section in English language my ability reached its limits, so here it is in French J) : for example : blanchir, déglacer, mouiller, suer, pocher, saisir, émincer, découper en brunoise, mirepoix, julienne...
The kitchen is a professional kitchen like in a good quality restaurant. Once the course is finished the table in the middle of the Kitchen will be dressed and you will enjoy diner with what you have prepared.
Philippe the Chef and Jean-Pierre the wine Expert are a very friendly duo! Although Philipp’s English is not completely fluent he manages well to take care of foreign language speaking groups and Jean-Pierre helps ! Many of my Kasteliades guests from abroad, who did not speak a word of french, have enjoyed their cooking courses and said they had a great experience!
Philippe’ Profile :
Friendly and Pedagogue, Philippe Masson has worked in many prestigious Michelin starred kitchens.
Specialist in desserts – 25 years experience (trained by Pierre Hermé, Lenôtre, Ducasse…).
Former Chef with specialty in desserts (during 17 years) from Jacques Lameloise, Michelin 3*.
Teacher at the TSUJI school of Lyon and IRFOTEL school in Chagny.
This is for 7 persons minimum and 12 persons maximum.
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ORGANIZED BIKE TOUR AND WINE TASTING !
WITH FLORIAN FROM “BOURGOGNE EVASION”
I know, you will immediately think that cycling and wine tasting are not compatible…or that cycling is too hard for your perception of what should be a holiday.
But I can tell that this concept is really great fun guaranteed and open to “softies” :-) ! For the full day trip, the trick is that the minibus takes you to the top of a hill, so the ride is going down all the time…easy !
FLORIAN, YOUR BIKING AND WINE TASTING EXPERT GUIDE
Florian is an official cycling guide. He has a very good knowledge of the area and a passion for our region of Burgundy. Florian speaks very good English. He is a very friendly and helpful person and his cheerfulness will contribute to make your day great fun! Florian has a very good knowledge of Burgundy wines and wine tasting, so he will be also a good guide during wine cellar stops.
He prepared these bikes and wine tasting excursions especially for our guests, and he has a mini-bus to transport you from your Kasteliades Château to the cycling destination.
Since Florian accompanies his tours personally, there is no room for more than one group per day. This full day trip is very successful so we advise you to book several months in advance if possible. You benefit anyway from a “SUN GUARANTEE”. If the days before the planned trip there is a rainy weather forecast, then the trip will be either changed to another day or cancelled with absolutely no costs for you.
CHILDREN / TEENAGERS
Children are allowed from the age of 10. Specific bicycles are available for them. A discount of 10% on the adult price is granted to children and teenagers between the age of 10 and 16 included.
Very young children who can seat in a baby or child seat on a bicycle are permitted. Please ask more information about this.
HALF DAY TRIPS
Florian organizes as well various half day trips which do not include lunch and transfers. For example there is one starting from the Tourist Office in Beaune at 2pm lasting 3 hours. You can get more information about this on Bourgogne Evasion Website and by contacting Florian with your requirements.
FULL DAY TRIP. WINE TASTING & LUNCH
DISCOVER THE VINEYARDS OF THE COTE DE BEAUNE.
HIGHLIGHTS of THE FULL DAY TRIP :
- Biking without efforts (mostly going down) into the vineyards and pass small typical village as Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny Montrachet, St Romain.
- Visit the Castle of “La Rochepot”.
- Enjoy a lunch to a small restaurant in Puligny Montrachet with a traditional Burgundian meal.
- Discover some of the best vineyards of the world
- Meet local producers, visit the wineries, taste the wine and have fun !
We pick you up at your Kasteliades Castle at 9AM* (please be ready). Our tour takes us into the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune starting from the top of a hill above St Romain. After a briefing about how to use the bicycle and adjust your helmet, we will be riding in the heart of the Burgundy wine region. Our single day bike tour in Burgundy has everything from wine tasting, to visiting a charming XIIIth century medieval castle which was home to a Count and Countess of Burgundy
Our Burgundy bike tour takes us on a breathtaking cycle through the hills of the Cote de Beaune passing vineyards, villages and fields. Taking in the sights, smells and sounds before sitting down to a full lunch at a small restaurant in Puligny Montrachet.
On our way, we will have a wine tasting at the vineyard, which is a good excuse to talk about the different vines in Burgundy. You'll understand and learn about the plant, the soil and why Burgundy wine is the best!
After lunch, a local producer will open his winery for a visit of his estate and stone cellar. You will taste 4 wines from the domain, white and red.
We assure unforgettable memories and great pictures during this unusual tour! Fun guaranteed.
Terrain: Flat and mostly downhill, well surfaced roads with light traffic or biking path
Total distance 26 kms
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE FULL DAY TRIP ?
- Pick up with a minibus at your Kasteliades Castle at 9am.*
- Bike rental, helmet,
- Entry fees for the guided visit of the Château de la Rochepot.
- Lunch a traditional restaurant in Puligny Montrachet. Homemade typical Burgundian menu (Jambon Persillé, Boeuf Bourguignon, Tarte au Cassis) including 1 glass of white wine and 1 glass of red wine ( Burgundy wine of course ! ). Coffee included.
- English speaking guide,
- Visit and wine tasting in a local winery.
- Transfer back to your Kasteliades Castle with a minibus for 6pm.*
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Each sunday morning from 8am to 12am, the "place St Vincent" in Chalon sur Saône welcomes a market gathering exclusively local food producers such as jams, honey, fruits, vegetables,etc..
This "Place St Vincent" is one of the nicest area of Chalon, with its cathedrale and wanter fountain. I highly recommend you to visit this market, since it is at the begining of your holiday with us, it will be a good opportunity to fill up your fridge with hiigh quality local produces.
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The market in Louhans takes place every Monday morning, from 8.30am to 12.30am. It is the biggest and most popular market in the whole region of Burgundy. Some people drive all the way from Switzerland to visit this market. In the summer it can attracts about 20.000 visitors.
The main pedestrian street is a classified historical monument with its 157 arcades. The market is divided in 2 sections, one with local producers and other stalls (in the Arcades street), and another part (on the market place) where farmers sell their alive animals (ducks, chickens, rabbits etc..) which is great fun for children.
Important advice: Arrive at the market before 8.30am (!!) and park just at the entrance of Louhans (coming from the North 100 meters before the roundabout, just after the Peugeot garage, there is a small parking place on your right, coming from the south park before the railway bridge). If you arrive after 9am, you will be stuck for a very long time in a huge traffic jam, and you will not find anywhere to park. So go early or don’t go !
Lunch : The restaurants in Louhans will be totally packed at lunch time and they will mostly serve a limited choice of dishes (all featuring “veal’s head” which is the local specialty but most non locals will not like it). So I recommend leaving Louhans to take lunch outside. Going North: “L’Eden Bar” in Simard is 10 minutes from Louhans. They make great pizzas and homemade burgers, as well as a menu of the day. Book your table (it is fully booked every Monday) at 0033 385 72 28 16.
If you prefer a more “exclusive” type of restaurant St Germain du bois (10 min from Louhans) features two very good restaurants:
L’hostellerie Bressane : https://www.giot-hostelleriebressane.com/fr/
And Le Saint Germain : http://www.le-saint-germain-71.com/
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1°) In the morning visit Tournus Abbaye in the center (it is one of the most beautiful in the region), the visit is free.
2°) For lunch take advantage of a "Michelin star" experience at less than 35 euros!
The 1* Michelin restaurant “Aux Terrasses” offers a great deal for Lunch from Tuesday to Friday: The “Menu du marché” for less than 35 Euros, The “degustation” menus are very reasonably priced (70 or 105 euros in 2020 for 6 or 9 courses). This is my favorite Michelin Starred restaurant in the region. The Chef (Jean-Michel Carrette) is brilliant, the service is perfect, the wine card is one of the best in Southern Burgundy at very reasonable prices compare to other Michelin starred.
This restaurant is highly popular and needs to be booked in advance. Recommend yourself from Kasteliades for the warmest welcome.
Contact details :
AUX TERRASSES. 18 avenue du 23 Janvier, Tournus.
Tel 0033 385 510 174.
Closed on Sunday & Monday.
3°) After lunch drive 15 min to the west for the medieval village of Brancion
4°) Then drive 10 min further to visit the superb Renaissance Chateau de Cormatin and its French style gardens.
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1°) Olivier Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet is a well-known wine producer of the Cote de Beaune. They have their own particularly good restaurant in the center of Puligny-Montrachet offering a great concept of lunch combined with tasting of their wines and visit of vineyards + winery.
You can book this complete experience for 130 euros pp (in 2020). Available every day except Sunday & Wednesday. Or you can also just go there for lunch. (All details on their website).
9H45 : Meet at Olivier Leflaive restaurant. Guided walking tour among the World Heritage listed “climate” of Puligny-Montrachet (vineyards) accompanied by Oliver Leflaive Sommelier.
The sommelier will explain Terroir, Geology, climate, classification, viticulture in Burgundy...
11H20: Guided visit of the winery with explanations on harvest, fermentation, barrel aging and bottling. A glass of wine is offered during the visit (which you can keep and take away as a souvenir). Very often the winery commented visit is done by the owner himself.
12H30: Lunch + 6 wines at Olivier Leflaive restaurant. You can buy their wines to take away if you wish after lunch.
This package must be booked in advance. Recommend yourself from Kasteliades for the warmest welcome.
Place du Monument
21190 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET (France)
Tel : +33 3 80 21 95 27
2°) After lunch drive 12 kms to the Hospices de Beaune (in Beaune).
Famous for their auction of wines each year in November, the Hospices de Beaune is, with its marvelous varnished colored tile roof, one of the most famous sites to visit in Burgundy. Apart from its own history, which is fascinating, the Hospices de Beaune also houses some very fine paintings.
2, rue de l'hôtel Dieu,
3°) Conclude your day on the Côte de Beaune with a visit of the Château de Savigny les Beaune, 5 kms from Beaune.
14th century mansion, the castle of Savigny les Beaune, its courtyard and its park, propose to you several museums in one! Hundreds of models: Abarth race cars, motorcycles, fighter jets and helicopters alongside the theme of firefighters, that of straddle tractors or that of wine and wine equipment …You can even taste the wines of the estate in the vault of the Little castle!
The website of the Castle does not give much information, but this article is very good:
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François Raquillet is the neighbour of our Kasteliades property in Mercurey and we are good friends. Amongst the over 100 producers in Mercurey, François Raquillet’s wines are some of my favorites. François is a very friendly man and he is really invested into quality for his wine domain. Hundreds of my guests have visited his wine cellar these past years and have enjoyed the quality of his wines.According to the “Hachette Wine Guide”, François Raquillet is one of the best wine producers of the Mercurey area, he also has a good collection of wine fair medals and prizes from throughout France… A wide range of Mercurey (village and Premier crus) are available as well as a Rully White.
(Please specify how many persons are in your group and in which Kasteliades property you are staying).
MERCUREY - DOMAINE FRANCOIS RAQUILLET
17, rue de Jamproyes, 71640 MERCUREY
Tel : +33 (0)3 85 45 14 61.
Mobile : +33 (0)60 8 58 05 91
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Prestigious producer offering organized wine tastings, vineyard and cellar visits. Please check “Cote de Beaune Tour” section of our site for more details.
Place du Monument
+33 3 80 21 37 65
This is a family winery, two brothers, nephew and son taking care of the vineyards and vinification. Didier will welcome you in their wine tasting cellar. They offer a wide range of village, premier cru, and one grand cru wines (Bourgogne Aligoté, St Aubin, Puligny Montrachet, Corton grand Cru…). The first time I discovered this domain was having dinner at the Michelin 3 Stars restaurant LAMELOISE. Domain Larue has its wines on many wine cards from the top restaurants in France.
32 RUE DE LA CHATENIERE.
Tel 0033 380 21 30 74.
With a superficy of 22 hectares of vineyards and a range of 32 different appellations (including Corton-Charlemagne, Corton grand Cru and Clos Vougeot and mainy premier crus) mainly on the Côte de Beaune, the Château Genot-Boulanger has become one of the most important domain in Meursault. Guillaume is very much invested into “biodynamic” and the Domain is now “Bio” certified. Wine tastings are on appointment only. It is recommended to write a mail with several days notice.
25 rue de Cîteaux.
Tel 0033 380 21 49 20
Christine Gruère Dubreuil is taking care of this very historical domain created in 1879 and located 10 minutes from Beaune. A wide range of appellations is available including Grands Crus (Corton-Charlemagne, Corton…) Wine Tastings on appointment only, from Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm, and Saturday morning.
Tel. 0033 380 21 55 43
The address indicated is not the winery but the « tasting wine cellar » (the place where they welcome public). It is open March to November, Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10am to 12.30am and from 2.30pm to 7pm. It is also open on Sunday morning.
CAVEAU DE DEGUSTATION
19 PLACE DE L’EUROPE
Tel 0033 380 21 65 50
Family domain offering a large range of Burgundy wines from the Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise at reasonnable prices. (Chassagne Montrachet, Rully, Bouzeron, Puligny Montrachet...)
Route de Chassagne
Tel 0033 385 87 19 92.
I thought I should write a section on my website to put together some good adresses for those who appreciate buying good quality food away from supermarkets. Burgundy has a slogan : The land of good food and good living !
Simard, reknowned village for its high quality meat, delicatessen and Bresse Chicken !
I strongly recommend all our guests to organize a visit to Simard at the begining of your stay with us. Simard (71330) is only about 20 minuts from Lans or Saunières, and about 45 minuts from Mercurey.
Fill up the fridge for the week, you will probably experience then the best barbecues of your life !
Good quality bucthery and delicatessen "craftsmen" are becoming rare nowadays. That's why I thought I should share with you this incredible adress where I go myself once a week !
Simard's Hugonnot Butchery is without doubt one of the most wellknown in the area. They have clients driving over 100kms to come and buy their meat and delicatessen there.
The "House" was founded in 1905 and it is nowadays under the expert hands of the "Hugonnot brothers" : Gérard is the Delicatessen maker and Sylvain the Butcher.
The main specialties are : L'andouillette, le saucisson, les merguez (slightly spicy sausage for barbecue), les chipolatas (sausage for barbecue), le jambon persillé (ham made of 3 different meats with parsley : it is a specialty of Burgundy), le pâté en croûte... and much more.. If you don't know what to take, just mention you want to try the local specialties, or/and have a complete assortment for 3 barbecues for 10 people for example. Sylvain is very friendly and helpful.
The meat comes from "blonde d'Aquitaine" cowtype and is of an exceptionnal quality !
You will also find a selection of local and Jura region cheeses, such as "Comté" or "Morbier".
The shop is open :
- From Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 12am and 3pm to 6.30pm.
- On Sunday morning from 8am to 12am.
The Chicken of Bresse is an "appellation controlled" produce and is worldwide known. The "Mairet" company in Simard collects chickens which are breed in local farms in very strict quality conditions, and they prepare them to sell to high quality restaurants and food stores throughout France and Europe.
The Factory has recently open a "desk" where local people can come to buy their chicken. They have a wide range of produces around poultry (turkey, duck..ect) but you should ask at least for a "Bresse Chicken ready to cook" (poulet de bresse prêt à cuire) and if you have children ask for some homemade chicken nuggets !
Open from Monday to Friday 8am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 5pm, also open on Saturday morning from 8am to 11.30am.
This traditional restaurant is located in a small village. One of their specialty which attracts all the locals is their great “Frogs Legs” deal! The quality to price “ratio” is very good with quality meals for about 20 Euros per person. 5 minutes away from Chateau de Lans.
1 route de Serville
St Christophe en Bresse
Tel 0033 385 96 84 28
The « Rue de Strasbourg » in Chalon sur Saône (address for your GPS) is located on an island surrounded by the river Saône. Local people call this street « The restaurants street » because there are no shops but about 30 restaurants one after the other, of all styles. I can recommend personally « Le Clown Gourmand », for their « original » cuisine at good price. Also, worth visiting « Chez Jules » or “le Bourgogne”.
- Restaurant le Mercurey.
Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. About 1km from Chateau de Mercurey this restaurant is unique in its style; you will jump back 40 years ago and taste the original Burgundy & “Bouchon Lyonnais” specialties homemade with fresh produces and passion.The Chef “Didier” also can cook at Chateau de Mercurey in evenings on request.
36 Grande rue.
Tel 03 85 45 13 56
- Restaurant Hostellerie du Val d’Or.
Walking distance from Chateau de Mercurey. They offer local specialties in an authentic ambiance. Closed on Sunday & Monday.
140 grande rue
Tel 03 85 49 23 85.
- Restaurant L’Hostellerie Bourguignonne.
Without doubt this is the most prestigious restaurant in the Villa Saunières area. It has received many distinctions from national gastronomic guides. Open every day in July and August, for lunch and dinner. Outside July and August, it is closed on Sunday evening, Tuesday all day, and Wednesday lunchtime.
2 avenue président Borgeot.
Verdun Sur le Doubs.
Tel 0033 385 91 51 45
- Restaurant le Caveau.
A very good restaurant with local specialties. It is established in a cellar and the owner is a sommelier. There is a good choice of wines at reasonable prices. Menus from 20 to 40 euros.
8, rue Marguerite de Busseuil.
Verdun sur le Doubs.
Tel 0033 385 91 82 50.
- Restaurant Les 3 Maures.
Located in the heart of Verdun sur le Doubs, just in front of the river Doubs. It offers a very local cuisine at reasonable prices. Open every day except on Sunday evening and Monday lunchtime. In the evening last orders are taken at 8.30pm. Closed during Christmas Holidays.
20 Place de la liberté.
Verdun sur le Doubs.
Tel 0003 385 91 51 17
This restaurant features one of the most enjoyable outside terraces in the area, it is on the side of the river, sheltered by 200-year-old trees. It has also a particularly good wine card with a few rare top producers. Open in May, June and September every day for lunch and dinner except on Tuesday and Wednesday. In July and August, open every day for lunch and dinner. Closed the rest of the year.
2, rue beau rivage
Allerey Sur Saône (71350).
Tel 0033 385 91 87 45
Closed on Monday. Open for lunch. Evenings on reservation only for groups. 5 minutes from Château de Montsymond.
13 rue des Carrons
St Trivier de Courtes
Tel 0033 474307270
This village is about 10 minutes from Château de Montsymond and Montrevost. It is the heart of a protected natural area offering marked forest and lakeside walks. The side of the river in La Truchere is a genuinely nice spot with several restaurants offering fish and frogs legs specialties.
- Restaurant de l'Embarcadère
Promenade du Barrage
Tel 0033 385 51 70 93
- Restaurant L’Escale
Promenade du Barrage
Tel 00 33 385 51 23 00
- Restaurant Auberge de la Grenouillère
Promenade du barrage
Tel 0033 385 51 03 27
Ideally located for your lunch break during your visit in the vineyards of the Cote de Beaune. This well known producer created a restaurant which is a Must for wine passionate. They offer both a “Bistrot” and “Gastronomic” type of Cuisine as well a very extensive wine card with not only their own wines but also top producers of Burgundy at very reasonable rates.
Place du monument
Tel 0033 3 80 21 37 65
Tournus is considered as the « capital » of Gastronomy of Southern Burgundy with its Michelin Starred restaurants.
- AUX TERRASSES
Closed on Sunday & Monday. This is my favorite Michelin Starred restaurant in the region. The Chef (Jean-Michel Carrette) is brilliant, the service is perfect, the wine card is the best in Southern Burgundy and the “Degustation menus” are very reasonably priced (6 courses at 70 euros and 9 courses at 105 euros). Great deal for Lunch from Tuesday to Friday: The “Menu du marché” for 35 Euros, just the experience you should not miss during your stay !
18 avenue du 23 Janvier
Tel 0033 385 510 174
- LE GREUZE
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday.
1 rue Thibaudet
Tel 0033 385 511 352
Closed Monday & Tuesday.
1 bis avenue des Alpes
Tel 0033 385 512 086
- LE REMPART
Closed Monday & Tuesday.
2 avenue Gambetta
Tel 0033 385 511 056
Traditional regional cuisine at reasonable rates. Don’t miss Stéphane Aladame white wines on the wine card. This restaurant is a good escape (less than 10 minutes’ drive) for Lunch after visiting Louhans market on Monday mornings. The restaurants in Louhans are too busy on Market day.
Place du Marché
71330 Saint Germain du Bois
Tel 0033 385 72 02 47