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  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Taste your way through the famous Médoc wine region on this full-day wine tour from Bordeaux. At three different châteaux, you’ll sample premium red wines that gave Médoc its prestigious reputation with the 1855 Bordeaux classification. Your expert guide will give you the inside scoop on Bordeaux's rich winemaking heritage: learn about the regions and classification, discover the art of food and wine pairing, learn how to read a French wine label and more. Enjoy a typical French lunch at the second château you visit.

Highlights

  • Full-day Médoc wine tour from Bordeaux
  • Wine taste at three prestigious château estates in the Médoc wine region
  • Discover the significance behind the 1855 classification of Médoc’s red wines (ranked among the best in Bordeaux)
  • Get an in-depth look at winemaking, including how to pair wine with food
  • Enjoy a traditional French lunch with your guide and fellow wine lovers at the second château

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What You Can Expect

Medoc 1855 Classification Premium Wine Tasting Day Trip

Go behind the scenes of the wine-making process at each chateau visit

Board the air-conditioned coach at the Bordeaux Tourist Office in the morning and get ready for your full-day wine tour of Médoc. Your guide will give you an overview of Bordeaux as you travel along the left bank of the Gironde Estuary to the famous Médoc wine region.

Wine connoisseurs may be familiar with the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. This prestigious placement resulted from the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris, when Emperor Napoleon III requested a classification system for France's best Bordeaux wines. Thereafter, châteaux were ranked in order of the quality of their wines.

Throughout the day, you'll visit three château wine estates to taste these premium Bordeaux reds. As you savor a variety of these celebrated wines, your guide will teach you all about Bordeaux winemaking.

For your first visit of the day, learn about terroir — the characteristics expressed by geography, geology and climate — and the different grape varieties used throughout Bordeaux, especially cabernet sauvignon, which is the most prominent in Médoc. Trace the winemaking process from vine to bottle and learn how to decipher a French wine label. You'll also discover the art of food and wine pairing.

At the second château, receive an introduction to the art of wine tasting before you're served a typical French lunch to enjoy with your fellow wine lovers. Your final château visit will focus on the 1855 classification; what it is, how it began and how it still affects the modern-day wine trade.

The exact châteaux visited on the tour may vary but will be three of the following: Château de Camensac, Château Cantenac Brown, Château Lascombes, Château Lagrange, Château Branaire-Ducru, Château Léoville Barton, Château Gruaud Larose, Château Lynch-Moussas, Château Prieuré-Lichine, Château Léoville-Poyferré, Château Dauzac and Château Lynch-Bages.

After your third visit, relax on the ride back to Bordeaux, where your full-day wine tour ends.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent guide. very informative trip. The lunch was delicious and there was an opportunity to taste some Grand Cru Classe top growth wines. I highly recommend this tour. good value

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

Wonderful tour and a great value with visits and tasting to top Chateau. A great tour for new visitors to the Left Bank. The lunch was fantastic and the choice of Chateau just wonderful. All in all just a perfect start to our first visit to Bordeaux.

Stephen V
Switzerland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2010

This wine tasting day trip is a definite must for wine lovers. Full of information about wine, its classification, what food it goes well with and other trivia. A definite must do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Our guide was helpful and thoughtful in both French and English. She really knew a lot about the chateaus and the wine business in general, grape to table.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Lovely day great guide .

4 star rating: Recommended August 2011

Great tour all around.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2008

Overall, we enjoyed this tour. It was a good opportunity to see the Medoc region, since we knew little about it. The lunch was fabulous and the guides were very good. All of the vineyards were beautiful. The only downside was that we didn't get to actually taste the wine very much. We had a small tasting after each tour, but didn't get to taste the variety of wines that the vineyards produced.

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2014

A large bus of people, not as intimate as I expected. The guide appeared irritated with having to lead another wine tour.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

Good,especially the vist on Branaire Ducru, where we got an excellent lunch at the chateau with excellent wines and a professional presentation. But also Chateau Lascombe and Lynche-Bages gave good presentations. Unfortunately none of the Chateaus gave tastings on mature wines or good years.

Downside was that it was announced as an English speaking tour, but much time was spend on 2 (out of 23) only French speaking guests.

Additionally, the tourguide didn't add value,and spend much time on smalltaking with the frenchspeaking guests and the Chateau representatives- much of which didn't make it to the English translation.

With a good guide, the tour might have been worth the cost.

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2011

We tasted 8 wines in an all day tour which was a lot less than I hoped for. Really it is a tour on a big bus that shows you where the good stuff is and allows you a few tastes with a nice lunch where we tasted half of the wines for the day.

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