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WINE TOURS of the RHONE - Selected Domaines of the Southern Rhone (3 nights)

If you already love Rhone wines, a stay at La Madelène makes for the perfect holiday. If the area and its wines are new to you, we will introduce you to the wonderful wines of this region while you stay with us, in style, amongst the beautiful Provencal countryside.
Available most weeks March - November, tours run Wednesday- Saturday : check availability for precise dates Reservation ESSENTIAL.

Selected Domaines of the Southern Rhone Tour means:

  • -Host and Guide with deep knowledge of Rhone wines
  • -Delightful luxury accommodation
  • -Extensive local knowledge and contacts
  • -Fantastic French food
  • -A guide fluent in English & French
Philip Reddaway Philip Reddaway
Selected Domaines
of the Southern Rhone Tour

CONTACT: Southern Rhone Tour@winetour-france.com

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Selected Domaines of the SOUTHERN RHONE TOUR
An immersion in this splendid wine region in just three days!

Our three night tour is aimed at the wine lover who wants the 'edited highlights' of this fascinating wine region. 'Selected Domaines' offers a mix of wine briefing followed by visits and tastings to between 7 - 8 highly regarded estates representing the very best of the Southern Rhone.
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INTRODUCTION:La Madelene and us

We are a small specialist in the Southern Rhone area using our renovated C.12th priory,La Madelene, in northern Provence as our base for residential wine tours...I am a WSET qualified wine tutor. Our core product, is our 3 nights/7-8 domaine tour "Selected Domaines of the Southern Rhone" described in full below. We offer a mix of "light" wine education, private visits/tastings at some of the best estates in the area, very comfortable/stylish accommodation here at La Madelene, Provencal meals taken chez nous ( my wife Jude is the chef) as well as out at our favorite local restaurants.Groups are small, never exceeding 8, usually less.

Wednesday: Settling in/Briefing/Champagne apero/Fine Wine Dinner

Arrive at La Madelene in the late afternoon, around 5pm is ideal; settle in, introduction to week's programme, at around 6pm:"Rhone Wine Briefing" from Philip, a concise "everything you need to know about the wines you are going to be tasting over the days ahead", history, geography, varieties and their character, appellation system, viticulture and vinification - we keep the education light but informative and fun! Its followed by a Champagne aperitif (usually Larmandier-Bernier, superb artisanal organic producer) on the terrace, dinner chez La Madelène - if the weather is decent it will be al fresco on the terrace, or in the old Chapel dining room. We will taste two fine wines over dinner, perhaps a white Vacqueyras 2007 bio-dynamic masterpiece from Domaine Montirius followed by a fine red Chateauneuf du Pape such as Cuvee du Vatican Sixtine 2006.

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Thursday: Crus/CduR Villages/Ventoux/Al Fresco Family Lunch/Provencal Restaurant Dinner

In the morning we set out to visit two of the best estates aong the Dentelles de Monmirail escarpment. You will taste at either Louis Barruol's superb Chateau de Saint Cosme at Gigondas, the oldest estate of the appellation with a stellar reputation, or the family estate Domaine Goubert producers of excellent barrique aged Gigondas "Cuvée Florence", as well as Domaine Mourchon at Seguret , one of the best of the Cotes du Rhone villages and currently achieving Parker scores of 92-94, remarkable for the appellation. Lunch at La Madelene on the terrace. In the afternoon we might visit the rising stars of the Ventoux appellation, for example Even Bakke`s Clos du Trias, or Philippe Gimel`s Saint Jean de Barroux - Philippe is a live wire vigneron with boundless energy and passion for his craft, he has just been rewarded with the first ever Parker 95 score for a Ventoux wine. An option this afternoon is a visit to the best producer of Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, Domaine Bernardins. Returning to La Madelène we will take our aperitif on the terrace before setting out for a four-course meal at one of our favourite restaurants such as St. Hubert at Entrechaux, or Pont de L`Orme at Malaucene. We generally take with us to the table a top notch magnum of one of our favourite Chateauneufs.

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Friday: Chateauneuf du Pape /Provencal Restaurant Lunch/Fine Wine Dinner

Your third day takes you straight to the pride of the southern Rhone: Chateauneuf du Pape. We will visit and taste at four exceptional estates. Example itinerary: Firstly, perhaps to Domaine Pegau , internationally famous wines made by the appellation's premier female wine maker Laurence Feraud, followed by Domaine Solitude, a producer whose lineage is traceable to servants of the Avignon popes. and where we will be treated to a tasting in their private tasting room. Lunch today is at the restaurant Verger des Papes just below the ruin of the old Papal summer palace, after which we conclude our Chateauneuf day with a visit to Chateau La Nerthe with it's stunning 18th century chateau and ancient cellars, and finally the artisanal Jean-Paul Versino`s Bois de Boursan - producer of sublime very traditional reds, especially Cuvée Felix. We return to La Madelène in time for you to recharge, perhaps play petanque on our court, or swim and get ready for your aperitif on the terrace before we serve a four- course dinner, on the terrace when the weather is fine. Dinner will be accompanied by some mature examples of Gigondas and Chateauneuf du Pape, perhaps a 2003 Goubert Cuvee Florence and a 2000 Beaucastel.

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The tour concludes after breakfast.

St.Emilion Village Tour

Selected Domaines of the Southern Rhone Tour

  • Duration: 3 nights/7-8 domaine tour

  • Accommodation: 3 nights La Madelène

  • Meals: All meals included

  • Places Visited: 7-8 Domaines at Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Seguret, Beaumes de Venise

  • Price per person: 1050 Euros, room sharers:1125 Euros singles


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