- 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
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.
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
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.
Lovely day great guide .
Great tour all around.
A large bus of people, not as intimate as I expected. The guide appeared irritated with having to lead another wine tour.
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.
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.