Visit to Chablis

Visit of Chablis and the Country Chablisien

110-km tour

Visit to Pontigny

The Abbey of Pontigny(12th and 13th centuries) is one of the most beautiful Cistercian churches to be found in France. Rarely have the nobility, purity, and drive of Cistercian architecture reached such perfection. Founded in 1114, the second daughter of Citeaux, the abbey-church soon gained great influence, eventually founding nineteen “daughter abbeys” of its own, which in turn created forty-five more…
Built in white limestone, which endows it with its exceptional luminescence, its size is most impressive: 120 m long and 52 m wide at the transept. Its style is exactly midway between Romanesque and Gothic; its nave boasts Burgundy’s first ogival vault.

Pontigny is the largest Cistercian church still standing in Europe.

Ligny le Châtel

The 1st township in the Serein valley to produce the “Petit Chablis” and “Chablis”; its church of Saint Peter and Saint-Paul is well worth the detour. There are actually two parts: the oldest, Romanesque, consists of the nave and tower; the more recent one, from the Renaissance, lavishly decorated, has an elevated choir with ambulatory and radial chapels.

Visit to Chablis

A small town, with some 2,700 inhabitants living at the rhythm of the vineyards; the excellence of its wines is recognised around the world.
Stroll through its alleys, and you will discover the Obédiencerie, cradle of Chablis wines, with its 13th-century press, the doors of Chablis, the collegiate church of Saint Martin, the Christmas gate, the Saint Cosme priory, the Petit Pontigny…
Not to mention crossing the threshold of many a wine-tasting cellar and savouring premiers crus and other great vintages.

Visit to Tonnerre

In its streets and alleys, behind the magnificent facades of its buildings, Tonnerre, home of the Chevalier d’Éon, hides treasures such as the magnificent Hôtel Dieu, a bequest from the Middle Ages, the churches of Saint Peter and Our Lady. Not to mention the mysterious Dionne Trench, a perpetually flowing spring which, for many a year, was a source of wonderment to those ancestors who believed it was divine. One legend has it that the pit was bottomless and led straight to hell. Actually, this source, the result of a complex network of exsurgences and resurgences, forms a basin, which was transformed into a washing pond in the 18th century, at the bottom of which may be seen the mouth of a 2.5-metre-high gallery that goes down to 28 m before constricting. It goes on for 360 m to the entrance, 61 m deep. It is one of the most difficult sources to explore in France because of the narrow passages, the clay eddies, the strength and depth of the current.

Jean Michel Lorain

Propos de Chef

Jean Michel Lorain

Relais & chateaux
Relais & Châteaux La Côte Saint Jacques - Jean-Michel Lorain - Tel : +33 (0)3.86.62.09.70 - Fax +33 (0)3.86.91.49.70
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