Named after Edith Piaf’s signature “chanson”, a cruise on this charming barge is as sweet as “La Vie en Rose”.
Owned and operated by Captain Alexandre Arsie, La Vie en Rose delivers a wine-focused experience in which Burgundy’s extraordinary elixirs are introduced in a passionate yet personal way. French by birth, he initially discovered the Premier Cru vineyards of the Cote Chalonnaise over 30 years ago; in early 2017 Alexandre left a high profile corporate career in international supply chains to instead welcome guests into an epicurean world of Burgundian wines, leisurely lifestyles, and tranquil travel.
Originally constructed in 1930, La Vie en Rose is one of the finest examples of a classic Dutch barge, with a hardwood interior and brass finishings throughout. Three ensuite cabins, one with a double bed and two with twin beds, ensure comfortable and cozy accommodations. The newly refurbished upper salon boasts plenty of seating for socializing, while the open kitchen on the lower level provides the perfect perch for foodies. A spacious deck with steamer chairs and a sun canopy round out the boat’s contemporary amenities.
The barge’s oenophilic experience spotlights the intricate history and intimate heritage of Southern Burgundy’s iconic wines. Four winetastings in preserved chateaux and private cellars allow guests to meet and greet independent growers and expert gardeners. A dazzling roll call of locally produced varietals such Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Aligote are proudly presented onboard. Best of all, bicycle rides and relaxed strolls along the region’s towpath and trails take guests right through the extraordinary vineyards of the Cote de Beaune.
This attention to hyperlocal pleasures is furthered at the forefront of the vessel’s dining program, as authentic and approachable French fare is served onboard. A private Chef crafts gourmet meals made with seasonal ingredients, and guests are welcome to pull up a chair in the open kitchen for informal cooking demonstrations. Two lunches and two dinners taken ashore, at the guests’ expense, complete the delicious exploration of Southern Burgundy’s legendary gastronomy.
Last visited in 2019