Join us on a journey through the famous Chardonnay appellations and villages of Burgundy to learn about how terroir, geology, oak varietals and aging affects everyone’s favourite white wine grape. The fascinating secrets of Auxey-Duresses, Chassagne-Montrachet, Ladoix, Meursault, and many more appellations await your discovery. As you explore the history of this coveted cépage, which originated in Burgundy, you will learn how the cool climates and clay and limestone soils of the Côte de Beaune provide the best environment for crisp mineral wines with just the right balance of acidity and flavor.
- History of Chardonnay Cultivars
- Origin of Chardonnay Wines
- Chardonnay at Château de Pommard
- Viticulture and Biodynamics
- Terroir, Soils and Climates and Expression
- Vendange, Oak Selection, Vinification and Aging
- Tasting Techniques
- Chardonnay Appellation Tasting
What You’ll learn
Education around Chardonnay can last a lifetime. Although known for its ease of cultivation and ability to adapt to diverse conditions, this genetic cross between Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc is highly influenced by its soil and climate. Nowhere is this difference more evident than in Burgundy, where more than 150 million years of geological evolution has created the ideal terroir for Chardonnay. You will learn all of this and more as we guide you through the intricacies of a working vineyard and winemaking practices that shape each village and vintage of Burgundy.
What You’ll Taste
The Chardonnay Experience concludes in one of our private tasting rooms. Here you will swirl, sip and savor and see how different terroir have diverse affects on the Chardonnay in your glass. A tasting of eight different white wines from across the Côte de Beaune, all vinified at Château de Pommard, await to satisfy your senses.
- 1 Auxey-Duresses Chardonnay
- 1 Ladoix Chardonnay
- 2 Meursault Chardonnays
- 2 Chassagne-Montrachet Chardonnays
- 1 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay
Professional Wine Advisors
Our Wine Experiences are hosted by Sommeliers and Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) trained professionals. Our Wine Advisors offer a thoughtful and authoritative approach to help you learn about the history of wine, biodynamic vineyard management, our signature winemaking techniques and the art of tasting. Groups are limited in size to eight participants to best provide a convivial environment where you will feel comfortable asking questions, interact with other visitors and expand your wine knowledge.
A Stunning Location
Château de Pommard is located south of Beaune, the heart of Burgundy. Our Wine Experiences take place onsite at the Château in our Wine Experience Center, a place designed to engage your senses and expand your Wine IQ. At 20 hectares, Clos Marey-Monge, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, provides the perfect classroom to fully connect with savoir faire that makes Burgundy one of the most desired wine regions in the world.
Is this your experience?
The Chardonnay Experience is ideal for beginner to intermediate wine lovers who wish to dive deeper into the heritage of Chardonnay and journey through the white wine terroir of the Côte de Beaune.
“Variety of terroir”
“A must see. A great way to learn about the variety of terroir in Burgundy.”
Chicago, IL USA
“Winemaking knowledge second to none”
“This is an absolute must-do experience while in Burgundy. The estate is amazing and the knowledge about Burgundy winemaking is second to none!”
San Francisco, CA USA
“A Great Experience”
“The Wine Advisors are incredibly passionate!”
Felin Fach, UK