Departure from Bordeaux
From May to October included, unavailable in August
DEPARTS EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM BORDEAUX
this 2 day Bordeaux wine tour based in the recently declared UNESCO
world heritage city of Bordeaux your driver-guide will take you to the
most famous wine producing regions of the Bordeaux vineyard to make you
discover the best of Bordeaux wines. Pick up will be at centrally
located Bordeaux Tourism office, near the Grand Theater.
Come and follow us on this unique very small group, 2
day EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION Bordeaux wine tour that has been carefully
designed for those who wish to increase their personal knowledge in
Bordeaux wines. This tour will head towards both the left and right bank
where you will see, discover and visit the most famous appellations and
Chateau's, known for the quality of their wines but also for the
expertise of the men behind the wines. All visits have been privatized
and personalized for our group only and will be conducted by our most
knowledgeable wine guides.
Day 1 - 1855 CLASSIFIED GROWTHS OF THE MEDOC - SHARED
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.
Depart at 9.30am. Your tour will begin in the Margaux appellation with a private "Prestige Visit" of a Classified Growth Chateau. 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 to develop and communicate knowledge, discovering ways to innovate so as to better express the originality and authenticity of the Château's terroir. After a visit of the technical installations, you will wine 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 pebby soil quite deep. Here, your private visit will focus on the 1855 Classification system as well as on the unique methods of marketing linked to Bordeaux wines. Finally, you will participate in a vertical tasting during which you will sample similar wines but from different vintages including: 2005, 2006 and 2011.
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 estate covers 157 hectares (390 acres), of which 115 hectares (284 acres) are under vine. The red grape varieties planted 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 after the visit and tasting.
Day 2 POMEROL & SAINT EMILION EXCLUSIVE WINE TOUR - SHARED
Depart at 9.30am. Your main destination will be the Saint Emilion wine producing appellation where Merlot is the predominant grape variety. At first, enjoy a private visit and wine tasting in classified growth Chateau de Ferrand. 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 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 discovery, depart for 1st Classified Growth Chateau Beauséjour Bécot. After the visit of the installations and of the underground quarries, participate in a wine tasting session of these fabulous wines paired with a local delicacy, the macarons of Saint Emilion.
Finally, end the day with a visit and wine tasting session 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 group and after discovering the long 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.
Inclusions / Exclusions
1. 6 Private visits & tastings in selected wineries
2. English speaking wine guide
3. Private guided tour of the underground monuments
4. Live commentaries during driving time
5. Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped minivans
6. Small group tours of 8 passengers maximum
7. Bottled water in the minivan
8. Free Wifi access on board
1. Personal insurance and expenses
2. Entrance fees
3. Meals and drinks
4. Gratuities for the driver/guide
Bordeaux tourism office: 12 cours du 30 Juillet 33000 BORDEAUX
Pick up information
Hotel pick up is not available
Tour returns to departure point
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Prices are listed as a guide only
- Not suitable for children under 4
- Children aged 4 - 12 years: half price
- Prices are per person
- Currency is in Euro
Services: Child Seat - 4 To 10 Years Old
Possible languages: English