Château de Chassagne-Montrachet, Michel Picard’s Place.

And what a place! There is happiness in the vineyards and well-being is in the château. Michel’s daughter, Francine, an epicurean and aesthete has achieved an irreproachable atmosphere and Burgundy lifestyle within the châteaux’ walls. She is happy to recall that her grandfather, Louis Félix was a mere home distiller and wine merchant, driving a Peugeot tricycle, (the machine stands proudly at the entrance of the estate). From only two hectares of vineyard, the Maison Picard, founded in 1951, has progressed to 135 hectares, of which 100 are in Côte Chalonnaise en Mercurey, Mercurey first growth and Rully. The remainder is to be found in Côte de Beaune, St-Aubin, Puligny-Chassagne and a little Corton. Dream appelations, one of which a first growth Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Chaumées 2009, a flagship of the estate. Wine and heritage, the magnificent eleventh and fourteenth century vaulted cellars are candle lit. The tasting table offers wines from the château along with local produce. Strolls around the vineyards to discover its climate are also organised. Wine and art, Francine is forever thinking up new wine tourism and artistic ideas to make one’s stay at the château the most enjoyable. Designer furniture is to be found in the bedrooms and drawing rooms throughout the château, whilst the walls are covered with temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists. Tel: +33 3 80 21 98 57