First Time in France - Itinerary

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First Time in France - Itinerary

#1 Post by Frank Z » December 2nd, 2019, 9:45 pm

Hi Everyone,

I'll be traveling to France for the first time after the New Year and I have been looking at all of the travel forums for recommendations on wineries to visit in Champagne and Burgundy (but mainly Champagne) and restaurants to eat at in Paris and beyond, etc., but I wanted to get some feedback on whether the following itinerary is feasible. I go to Napa Valley like 4 times every year (and on occasion Paso Robles and Santa Barbara), but I've never been out of the country and from what I have read, things are slightly different. When I'm in Napa, I stick to private appointments, usually 2-4 hours in length - is this what I should expect in France as well?

1/1-1/4 Paris (I still am going through the Paris restaurants thread)

1/5 Travel to Reims; not much is open on Sunday it seems

1/6 Vilmart (AM) and Piper-Hiedsieck (PM)

1/7 Rent car and drive to Epernay; Philipponnat (PM); Jean-Pierre Launois (PM)

1/8 Pierre Peters (AM); Drive to Dijon/Beaune

1/9 Visit a smaller producer in Burgundy (any suggestions? I don't have too much experience with Burgundy); Drive back to Avize; Selosse + dinner at Les Avizes (was told that I had to go here)

I really wanted to visit Les Crayeres, based off of the forum, but it seems to be closed during the time I'm there. Same with most of the large champagne houses (all LVMH properties). Ultimately, I just want to see if the spacing is okay for my trip, to make sure I have enough time to relax and enjoy the scenery and not just rush from appointment to appointment. Thanks!
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#2 Post by Mark Y » December 2nd, 2019, 9:58 pm

Why the one day drive to beaune? Seems a waste of 6 hours on the road? Not gonna cover much in half a day plus u are driving after PP. and then next day have to beat the clock back to taste at selosse?
I’d skip beaune and just chill in Reims area

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#3 Post by Mikko R » December 2nd, 2019, 10:08 pm

I do agree with Mark. Maybe you could travel to Troyes and have dinner in Aux crieurs de vin which is one of the best wine shops and restaurants in Champagne. it's simply amazing! ... rs-de-vin/
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#4 Post by Victor Hong » December 3rd, 2019, 5:13 am

Rent directly a Sixt car. Avoid EuropCar.

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#5 Post by dbailey » December 3rd, 2019, 9:27 am

If Crayeres is closed, try Assiette Champenois.

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#6 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » December 3rd, 2019, 9:37 am

Clerget for burgundy?

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#7 Post by Francois Olivier » December 3rd, 2019, 11:44 pm

Burgundy producers are mainly family business
They haven’t a marketing services.
Send an email or call before.
Otherwise you can find a winecellar, restaurant who are open sunday.

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