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Sample some of the best of the French wine world with a full-day wine tour of the fabled Médoc region from Bordeaux. With an expert guide, visit three châteaux for wine tastings where you'll sip firsthand the wines giving this region its worldwide reputation since the 1855 Bordeaux classification. Learn about the appellations and classification system for wine, get insider tips on pairing food with wine, find out how to decode a French wine label and more. At the second château of the day, dig into a traditional French lunch.

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

Meet your guide outside the Bordeaux Tourist Office and climb into a comfortable air-conditioned coach for your full-day tour of the Médoc region. As you make your way out of the city, get an introduction to Bordeaux wines. Enjoy the scenic views of the Gironde Estuary en route.

Learn how this region's wines were first classified after the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris, when Emperor Naploen III wanted to be able to distinguish between wines of different quality. Thus the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 was born, with châteaux ranked by the quality of the wine they produced. During this day tour, visit three Médoc châteaux to sample some of the wines that still use the 1855 classification system.

At the first château, find out how things like climate and geology — the terroir — inform the wine. Learn about the different varietals of grapes used to make Bordeaux's famous wines. In particular in the Médoc region, it's cabernet sauvignon. Learn how to read a French wine label, how to pair food with wine, and all the steps that go into making wine.

At the second château, learn some of the secrets to wine tasting before enjoying a traditional French lunch. At the third château, learn more about the specifics of the 1855 classification. Hear about its origins and history and how it still has a major impact on wine-making today. After the visit to the third wine estate, climb back into the coach and enjoy the scenic ride back to Bordeaux.

The châteaux you visit during the tour will vary, but the three will be among this list: Château Prieuré Lichine, Château Léoville Poyferré, Château Lynch-Bages, Château Lagrange, Château Cantenac Brown, Château Lascombes, Château Camensac, Château Branaire Ducru, Château Lynch-Moussas, Château Pichon Longueville Baron, Château Brane Cantenac, and Château Cantemerle.

Customer Reviews

Ammar A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic tour, exceeded my expectations. Not only were the Chateaus chosen were grand and impressive, but the reception was elegant, the tour itself extremely informative, and the host very gracious. The guide and driver were professional and very helpful. Thank you for a great memory.

David M

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

o06980

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!

David B USA

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.

Roger L

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

This tour was good for a large group tour.

Leanne T

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Lovely day great guide .

GIOVANNI T

4 star rating: Recommended August 2011

Great tour all around.

Katie S. USA

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.

Patricia B

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.

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