JOIN A SMALL GROUP
Maximum 8 participants
Get your fill of the rich history and renowned Chateaux of the Medoc and St Emilion wines.
2017 per person price
* Price based on double room occupancy - please contact us for details on single room supplements
Upon your arrival in Bordeaux, settle in to your room in the heart of the historic city. Depending on your arrival time, you can wander the cobblestoned streets and squares, relax on the shaded terrace of a café, or visit one of the many art galleries and museums. Dinner tonight is included at one of our favourite restaurants.
For the 1855 "Exposition Universelle" of Paris, Emperor Napoleon III requested a classification system for France's best Bordeaux wines which were to be on display for visitors from around the world. The Medoc wine region spans from the mouth of the Gironde River down south and includes the four famous communes of St-Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien and Margaux.
Your tour will begin in the Margaux appellation with a private "Prestige Visit" of Classified Growth Chateau Kirwan. Here, the richness and personality of a soil created over more than two million years by the accumulation of Pyrenean gravel, together with the climate and the flora, make up the precious DNA of the estate. Over time, mankind has learned ways to innovate so as to better express the originality and authenticity of the Château Kirwan terroir. After a visit of the technical installations, you will taste two wines and discover the famous Cannelés cakes. Then, follow the legendary Castle road that is lined up with some of the most prestigious wineries that the Medoc region is composed of including Chateau Palmer, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Pichon Longueville and so many more...
After some time for lunch, continue on to Classified Growth Chateau Camensac. The estate borders the Saint-Julien appellation, in the commune of Saint-Laurent-Médoc. The vines are located on the area's finest gravelly rise. The topography is fairly steep and the pebbly soil quite deep. Here, your visit will focus on the 1855 Classification system as well as on the unique methods of marketing linked to Bordeaux wines. Finally, you participate in a vertical tasting during which you sample similar wines but from different vintages.
Your last visit will take place in Classified Growth Chateau Lagrange located in the west of the Saint-Julien appellation. With an altitude of 24 metres, the centre of the domain marks the highest point of Saint-Julien. The red grape varieties planted here are those that typically thrive on the Médoc terroir, with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon contributes structure and ageing potential, the Merlot roundness and body, and the Petit Verdot fruit and complexity. After a private visit of the installations, your last wine tasting of the day will be paired with some of the finest cheeses aged by a famous local master "fromager" so as to discover complementary or contrasting flavors with the wines tasted. Return to Bordeaux.
Your destination today is the Saint Emilion wine producing appellation where Merlot is the predominant grape variety. Your first stop is to enjoy a private visit and wine tasting in classified growth Chateau Soutard. Here not only will you discover and understand the work, chemistry & technical complexity involved in the wine making process, you will also be introduced to special tasting with wine taken directly from the Oak Barrel.
Then, discover the UNESCO listed village of Saint Emilion and enjoy a unique private guided tour of the underground monuments of the village including the fascinating monolithic church and hermitage. After some free time for lunch and personal exploration, depart for 1st Classified Growth Chateau Beauséjour Bécot. After the visit of the installations and of the underground quarries, participate in a wine tasting of these fabulous wines paired with a local delicacy, the macarons of Saint Emilion.
Finally, end the day with a visit and wine tasting in one of the most famous appellations of the region, Pomerol. Chateau de Sales, one of the largest Chateaus of the appellation will welcome our small group and after discovering the rich history of the Chateau as well as the beautiful grounds, your wine tasting session will be paired with a selection of carefully selected cheeses. Return to Bordeaux.
Your Bordeaux Wine Tour has come to an end; after a final breakfast at your hotel, connections are easy from Bordeaux for your further travels. Bon Voyage!