The Tour de France descending the Combe de Lavaux 7 July 2017

The Tour de France descending the Combe de Lavaux 7 July 2017

cycling from les deux chevres

not too challenging

For an easy, genly undulating, and pleasant ride, leave Les Deux Chevres, and follow the Route des Grands Crus heading south, towards the village of Morey St Denis (3km). En route, passing all the famous Gevrey Grand Cru Chambertin vineyards, including Clos de Beze which has not changed in size since the first recorded document transferring the land in the 7c.  After a further 2 km, you arrive at Chambolle Musigny, and before leaving the village you will see the beautiful 15c Church of Sainte-Barbe - a must stop for the wonderful interior with its exquisite wall murals.  Along side the Church is the ancient Domaine of Compte de Vogüé, with its holding of a large part of Musigny.  As you head down the hill out of the village, the vista of Chateau Vougeot opens up on the right hand side. If you take the right turning just after the cross, it takes you past the Musigny vineyard towards the Chateau, where the ancient wine-presses are an impressive sight.

FOR THE FIT!

Leaving Les Deux Chevres, you thread your way up the narrow path through the vines that separates Fontenys to the left from Champeau to the right. When you reach the small road at the top of the path, turn left, and after about 100 metres you come to the road that leads up the hill.  With the Grand Cru vineyard Ruchottes-Chambertin directly in front, turn right and head straight up the hill.  At the junction where the forest starts, continue on and follow the steep incline of the road which winds through the forest.  The hill is steep in parts, so it may be sensible to conserve some energy and walk this initial part.  Just before the top of the hill the road becomes more of a track, but continue until you come to the D116.  Turn left onto the D116 and after a few metres there is a sign for Chambolle Musigny to the left. Ignore this, which brings you back down the hill, and carry on towards Curley and Reulle-Vergy.  At Reulle-Vergy you are at the foot of the hill of Vergy, and look out for, then follow the signs for the 13c Church.  This narrow road leads straight up the hill - past the artisan jewellery shop Firouza on the left hand side.  The Church itself is usually closed, but just past the Church you will see a sign for the remains of the Chateau of Vergy, which can be found a short distance along the path keeping to the left of the top of the hill.  We would suggest leaving the bikes somewhere near the Church, and spending some time exploring the hill, which is a site of great antiquity and extra-ordinary tranquility.  Exploration done, there are options!  The tough one is to descend back into Reulle-Vergy and then follow the D116 to L'Etang-Vergy.  If the school is open, it is possible (subject to opening times) to see a reconstruction of what the hill would have looked like in Medieval times - it is in the library attached to the school. There is then an ascent to Villars-Fontaine, where there is a Chateau that makes very nice white wines, and thereafter back to Nuits St George, which leaves a further 13km to return to Les Deux Chevres.  

FOR THE SERIOUSLY FIT!

Wit sufficient notice, we can arrange both the hire of serious road bikes, and work out testing routes, cycling through delightful countryside, for just as long as you would care to be in the saddle.

 

Our guests cycling at Les Deux Chevres

Sainte-Barbe in Chambolle Musigny

Sainte-Barbe in Chambolle Musigny

Murals on the wall of Sainte-Barbe

Murals on the wall of Sainte-Barbe

The former well at the foot of the path leading to the ruins of the Chateau of Vergy

The former well at the foot of the path leading to the ruins of the Chateau of Vergy