If you go: Chablis, France

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March 26, 2006

How to get there

Chablis is 122 miles, or a two-hour drive, southeast of Paris. Take the A6 from Paris to Auxerre, then the D965 to Chablis.

Where to stay

Hostellerie des Clos Rue Jules Rathier


Chablis' finest hotel, its adjoining restaurant has a coveted Michelin star. Elegantly appointed with a charming courtyard. Rooms $51-$150 per night. Meals extra.

Manoir des Roches Sentier Manoir Des Roches


A ''chambres de hôtes" or bed-and-breakfast, the manoir is a wonderful setting on the grounds of a 19th-century mill. Large rooms with French doors overlook the mill race and pastoral fields. A 10-minute walk from the center of town. Rooms are $80, double occupancy; two-room suite is $117. Meals are provided by the host at $31 per person and include an aperitif. The owners are expatriate retired English schoolteachers, but they pride themselves on authentic regional French cooking. A sumptuous breakfast is included in the room rate.

Where to eat

Le Bistrot des Grands Crus 8-10, rue Jules Rathier


The bistro is associated with the Michelin-starred restaurant of the Hostellerie des Clos and includes many of the same menu items, but its prices are somewhat less -- a comparatively inexpensive way to sample the best of north Burgundian cuisine. Dinner for two with wine $61-$92.

La Feuillette

8, rue des Moulins


Heartier, more country cuisine tucked away on the first floor of a house on a tiny side street. Dinner for two $61-$110.

What to do

The region boasts dozens of wineries ranging from small mom-and-pop operations to huge industrial vintners. A wonderful way to end a day's touring is to stop in the late afternoon for a tasting and to pick a wine to have with dinner. Here is a sampling:

Jean-Pierre et Corinne Grossot 4, route de Mont-de-Milieu, Fleys


A small winery, its ''part des anges" at $12 was a particularly good find.

Domain Allain Geoffroy Rue de l'Equerre, Beine

Just west of town this is another small winery. Its petit Chablis is an ideal aperitif.

Jean-Marc Brocard Route de Chablis, Préhy


The Brocard family has built a proud tradition in a small village southwest of town. In addition to tastings, they have winery tours. All of their wines are first rate.

Le Chablisienne Boulevard Pasteur, Chablis


A cooperative with state-of-the-art facilities, it gets the best grapes from the small holders and produces top wines.


Tourist office

1 Quai Biez



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