Chablis is a beautiful medieval town, in the region of Bourgone, famous worldwide for its white wines, and it is less than a 2-hour drive from Paris.
Most people who visit Bourgone stop by in Chablis only for a few hours on the way to better-known places such as Beaune and Dijon. However, this small town is worth spending a day or two in, and it can also serve as a base to visit nearby towns equally known for wines or scenery, like Irancy or Vezeley. So if you choose this latter option, Five Red Things To Do in Chablis are:
1. Have a glass of Chablis in the courtyard of the beautiful Hostellerie des Clos – a 4-star hotel and a restaurant rated by the Michelin guide as No. 1 in Chablis. A 40-page wine menu offers an impressive selection of Chablis, which can be tasted in the gorgeously- decorated (in Red colors) courtyard of the hotel (prices starting at 6.50€ per glass). If you are looking for a place to stay in Chablis, the hotel Hostellerie des Clos offers a great price/quality ratio, with most exquisite rooms starting at 70€ per night and a restaurant ranging from 50€-100€ per person (a bit on a pricey side but worth every moment, and cent).
How to get there: 18 Rue Jules Rathier, Chablis, Tel.: 03 86 42 10 63, www.hostellerie-des-clos.fr/
2. Go for a 1 ½ hour walk along the most prestigious Grand Cru Vineyards of Chablis, with some of the plots of land separated with Red marks. A detailed map of the walk with some explanations about different Grand Crus is available at the Chablis Tourist office.
How to get there: the Tourist office is centrally located at 1, rue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, open Monday-Saturday, 10.30-12.30 and 13.30-18.00.
3. Walk around town to see the 15th-century Noel Gate round towers, a medieval Synagogue and Hospice, as well as the 19th-century Communal Wash House, narrow cobblestone streets and picturesque canals decorated with Red flowers.
4. Sign up for a wine tasting and a tour at William Fevre, the largest Chablis wine producer. The tour allows you to visit the cellars, learn about the production of wines and taste the most famous Grand Cru by William Fevre.
How to book the tour: The tours run from March to November, every Satuday at 16.00. Tickets, at 10 € per person, can be purchased at the Tourist office or directly at the William Fevre shop and domaine at 10 Rue Jules Rathier, Tel.: 03 86 18 14 37.
5. Have a dinner at the Bistrot des Grand Cru. The resturant is just next door to the hotel Hostellerie des Clos and the William Fevre shop. The resturant, more affordable than its next door neighbour, with fixed-price menus starting at 21€, or slightly more expensive à la carte, offers excellent food of the region and a great selection of Chablis. In the summer service is available in the courtyard.
How to get there: 10 Rue Jules Rathier, Tel.: 03 86 42 19 41, www.bistrotdesgrandscrus.com/
Have a great trip and let me know how you liked it!