Rare Insider Access

Explore deeper in two of the world's iconic food and wine regions with master sommelier Carlton McCoy

November 5 - 12, 2023

8 Days, 7 Nights in Paris, Burgundy, Champagne


Per person, limited to just 10 guests

Strolling the medieval footpaths, past vine-carpeted hills and limestone villages, you’re on your way to a small family-run estate that produces some of the finest wines in the world. It’s closed to the public — but not to you. The past few days have been an insider-only exploration of the timeless gastronomic traditions of Burgundy and Champagne, from table to cave. Tonight at a private meal in one of France’s top restaurants, the chef will join you for a digestif. Tomorrow, you’ll sip the most exciting vintages the region has to offer and laugh and learn alongside the storied winemaker.

Our host on this rare journey is Carlton McCoy, master sommelier and CEO of Napa Valley’s Lawrence Wine Estates. Carlton began his career in classical French kitchens. For him, one of the enduring joys of French culture is the chance to participate in the centuries-long dialogue between food and wine. Carlton always seeks out the truly exceptional: the winemakers, chefs and farmers who have dedicated themselves to elevating their craft to the very limits of artistic expression. With Carlton as our guide, we’ll experience France in ways no other travelers can.

Join us for unparalleled access and profoundly personal interactions with some of France’s most iconic chefs and innovative winemakers — these incredible humans whom Carlton is proud to call his friends.

The Paragon Experience

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Pinnacle of Craft

Experience the very best of French wine and cuisine culture, meet the legendary chefs and winemakers of Burgundy and Champagne

Exclusive Access

Rare access to wineries closed to the public, basking in true hospitality reserved for guests and friends of Carlton McCoy

Inspire Every Sense

Taste the rarest vintages, eat at France's finest Michelin-star kitchens, meet and learn from iconic chefs and producers

Celebrate People & Place

Carlton is a trained chef and Master Sommelier, cofounder of nonprofit The Roots Fund, host of CNN's Nomad travel program, and CEO of Lawrence Wine Estates and its unparalleled collection of iconic Napa Valley vineyards. From the urban heart of Paris to the vineyards of Burgundy and Champagne, this is Carlton's deeply personal celebration of French wine and cuisine.

The Giveback

We believe that exploration and discovery are essential elements of the human experience.


Force for Good

It is time to redefine luxury as an experience that serves a higher purpose, one that serves to improve the lives of people and places. It's the reason why we are a Certified B Corp. Because how we travel matters.


Handpicked Causes

Each Paragon experience supports a charity handpicked by our Luminaries. We call it the The Paragon Giveback. On this departure a $15,000 donation is going to The Roots Fund, a nonprofit cofounded by Carlton McCoy and dedicated to supporting communities of color in the wine industry.


People and Planet

Our goal is that the places we visit are protected and flourishing for future generations. It’s why we are a certified Climate Neutral business, and why we support environmental and social-justice nonprofits.

Day by Day

Day 1: Paris

Bienvenue! After taking some time to settle in at the Hôtel de Crillon, we’ll meet Carlton and celebrate our adventures to come with a flight of Champagne and caviar sourced from Place de la Madeleine’s renowned Caviar Kaspia.

This is but a prelude to an extraordinary dining experience this evening. Michelin-star La Tour d’Argent has been a Paris institution since 1582, and a favorite of luminaries from King Henry IV to Georges Sand. Dining here, with Notre Dame’s illuminated spires peaking through the windows, is a true immersion in French cuisine culture, carefully paired with wines from their private 350,000-bottle cellars. We’ll tour the cellars, then sit down for a grand welcome dinner. It’s the perfect start to our first day together, and to our week of unparalleled access alongside Carlton.

Day 1: Paris Highlights

  • Caviar & Champagne aperitif
  • Dinner at Michelin-star La Tour d’Argent
  • Stay at Hôtel de Crillon

Day 2: Paris to Burgundy

We’re off to Burgundy this morning, discovering how each unique terroir plays out in the glass. Our lunch is a private off-menu affair with Chef Mathieu Sagardoytho in Chablis, at Au Fil du Zinc, housed in a 12th-century mill on the Serein river.

In Beaune, the majestic walled city at the beating heart of Burgundy’s wine region, we’ll have time to freshen up at iconic Hôtel Le Cep — a quintessential rite of passage for travelers to Burgundy — before reconvening for a private tour and tasting at Domaine Comtes Lafon. Here, ancient plantings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay — hand-harvested and naturally fermented — produce sublime biodynamic wines.

We’ll close this remarkable day at storied Domaine de Montille, the rare Burgundy estate producing superb reds and whites in both the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. We’ll tour the estate and cellars, meet the winemakers, and sit down to a private dinner and pairing curated by Carlton and our hosts.

Day 2: Paris to Burgundy Highlights

  • Lunch in Chablis at Au Fil du Zinc
  • Domaine Comtes Lafon tasting
  • Domaine de Montille tasting & private dinner
  • Stay at Hôtel Le Cep

Day 3: Burgundy

After a leisurely breakfast we’re off to Domaine Lapierre, a century-old family winery in Beaujolais that Carlton considers one of the most exciting in France. Lapierre has been a trailblazer in the natural wine movement since the early 1970s; we’ll meet the fourth generation of the Lapierre family to tend the vines, brother and sister Mathieu and Camille.

Lyon, France’s third-largest city, is a former Roman settlement at the confluence of the Rhone and Soane rivers. We’re here to sample the city’s culinary arts on a gastronomic tour, before settling in for lunch at a classic Lyonnaise bouchon (family-run bistro) where the checkered tablecloths are piled high with traditional dishes and pots lyonnais filled to the brim with excellent house wine.

The afternoon is ours to explore Lyon, wandering the narrow streets of the old quarter and its clandestine traboules, the hidden passageways built during the Renaissance that weave in and out of buildings and courtyards. We’ll have the evening back in Beaune to explore its bistros and wine bars on our own.

Day 3: Burgundy Highlights

  • Domaine Lapierre tasting
  • Lyon gastronomy tour
  • Bistro lunch
  • Evening in Beaune on own
  • Stay at Hôtel Le Cep

Day 4: Burgundy

We wake early today for a sunrise balloon ride over the vineyards. After, we’ll head for brunch at La Rôtisserie du Chambertin, an historic inn nestled in the village of Gevrey-Chambertin. Chef Thomas Collomb is a close friend of Carlton’s; our meal here is a celebration of expertly crafted Burgundian recipes paired with bottles from the superb cellar.

It’s an easy e-bicycle ride this afternoon through the vines to visit Carlton’s friends at Domaine Dujac, another family-run estate — in this case, the Seysses family — famed for its biodynamic practices. No hyperbole, these are some of France’s most critically lauded wines.

The capstone to this incredible day is dinner at three Michelin star Maison Lameloise in the village of Chagny. Chef Eric Pras will join us at the end of our meal to share his gastronomic philosophy and culinary influences. Back in Beaune, we’ll gather for a nightcap at wine bar Le Bout du Monde with rare eaux de vie virtually impossible to find outside of Burgundy.

Day 4: Burgundy Highlights

  • Sunrise balloon flight
  • Brunch at La Rôtisserie du Chambertin
  • Domaine Dujac tasting
  • Dinner at Michelin three-star Maison Lameloise
  • Nightcap in Beaune
  • Stay at Hôtel Le Cep

Day 5: Champagne

The village of Époisses is home to one of France’s most fabulously pungent cheeses, Époisses de Bourgogne. We’ll visit a local fromagerie and sample alongside an expert affineur.

Reims is the unofficial capital of Champagne’s grape-growing region. We begin our exploration at the source, at Maison Ruinart, established in 1729 and the oldest Champagne house in France. We’ll explore the centuries-old network of crayères, the chalk caves used for cellaring, and taste their finest Blanc de Blancs and cuvées (first pressings).

Our elegant home for the next two nights is Domaine les Crayères, a storied manor house and gastronomic destination that houses two Michelin star Le Parc, where we’ll dine tonight. Here, Chef Philippe Mille will craft a multi-sensory menu to pair perfectly with a flight of the finest Champagne and local wine.

Day 5: Champagne Highlights

  • Époisses fromagerie visit
  • Maison Ruinart cave tour & tastings
  • Dinner at two Michelin star Le Parc
  • Stay at Domaine les Crayères

Day 6: Champagne

Today we embrace the mastery of smaller growers at three of the region’s renowned family estates. Our first stop is the fifth-generation Vilmart & Cie, established in 1890 and notable for its unusual mix of native varietals (60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir). Chouilly, the northernmost Grand Cru village in the Côte des Blancs, is home to Legras et Haas, where the Legras brothers — some of Carlton’s closest friends — draw upon 400 years of grape-growing experience in producing their sparkling wines, including the first non-dressage Champagne ever made by a family estate. Finally, we’ll head to Domaine Jacques Selosse, where the Selosse family has perfected its own system of viticulture to produce globally regarded natural Champagnes.

Dinner tonight is at one of Champagne’s culinary icons, L’Assiette Champenoise, a family-run three Michelin star kitchen on the outskirts of Reims. This is our opportunity to savor elevated renditions of traditional rustic fare like potée champenoise, a hearty dish of pork and beans traditionally served to pickers during the grape harvest.

Day 6: Champagne Highlights

  • Vilmart & Cie tasting
  • Legras et Haas tasting
  • Domaine Jacques Selosse tasting
  • Dinner at three Michelin star L’Assiette Champenoise
  • Stay at Domaine les Crayères

Day 7: Champagne to Paris

It’s our final morning in Champagne, and we cannot resist one last visit to a family-run estate for a private tour, followed by a casual lunch.

Paris may feel a world away, but the road is short and scenic; after we settle back into our hotel we’ll have a few hours to explore on our own before meeting up for dinner at one of Paris’ most beloved restaurants, Chez l’Ami Louis. This is quintessential Parisian dinning — and not an easy reservation for even the politicians and cultural luminaries who dine here in the snug, wood-paneled dining room that’s virtually unchanged since it opened in 1930. We’ll toast to Carlton, and to each other, with wines from the impeccable list.

After dinner, we’ll head off into the night for la surprise — a truly special afterparty that we’re keeping close to our chest!

Day 7: Champagne to Paris Highlights

  • Estate tasting in Champagne
  • Transfer to Paris
  • Farewell dinner at Chez l’Ami Louis
  • Exclusive afterparty
  • Stay at Hôtel de Crillon

Day 8: Paris Departures

Alors, even the grandest adventure must eventually come to an end. The last eight days together have been a masterclass in the wines, vineyards and the spirit of Burgundy and Champagne.

As we part ways with Carlton and our new friends, we know that it’s only a matter of time before we’ll return to France and once again take part in its sumptuous centuries-old conversation between food and wine. Until next time!

Day 8: Paris Departures Highlights

  • Final breakfast and farewells
  • Private transfer to Paris' CDG airport

Where We Sleep

Our luxurious boutique hotels are the perfect backdrops to indulge in France’s finest, mixing elegant character and timeless charm

Hôtel de Crillon


It's one of France’s most prestigious hotels, on the iconic Place de la Concorde with the Champs-Élysées' shops and boutiques at your doorstep. This 18th-century palace turned five-star hotel was renovated top-to-bottom in 2018; master craftsmen and artisans have struck the perfect balance between the original neoclassical grandeur and modern whimsy and all the comforts you'd expect.

Hôtel Le Cep


Two 16th-century mansions were united via their courtyards to form the exquisite, wine-centric Hôtel Le Cep. Just steps away from the village center, you’ll feel the heartbeat of Beaune here in every sublime detail—from medieval stonework to the impeccable and dignified hospitality.

Domaine les Crayères


Like a storybook castle, this château-style estate sits on 17 manicured acres in the heart of Reims. You can expect vintage hospitality — the hotel has just 20 rooms and a reputation for unmatched service — as you revel in the original artwork and regal textiles that adorn the walls.

Carlton McCoy France


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Based on double occupancy

Essential Info

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  1. What does the price include?

    Seven nights at five-star accommodations including some of Burgundy’s and Champagne’s top properties; exclusive VIP access, culinary experiences and tastings; private access with local guides and cultural experts; private travel and transportation from beginning to end; airport transfers; all entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners including Michelin-star dining at some of France’s most iconic kitchens.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare to France; travel insurance; activities not included in the Itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for our Paragon trip leader.

  3. Who is going on this trip?

    This exclusive Paragon experience is limited to 10 guests, plus Carlton McCoy and our Paragon team.  You can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.