Monday October 1st
Half day guided tour of Bordeaux with Professional Guide – After flying from Paris to Bordeaux, we will start our tour of the ancient city situated on the banks of the Garonne. Bordeaux is France’s 5th largest city and has more than 2000 years of history to share including exceptional architectural heritage and an enviable location near vineyards, forests, the Atlantic Ocean and mountains. The famed stone bridge over the Garonne River, The Pont de Pierre, serves as the center place of Bordeaux and the city spreads out from there in a maze of charming streets and boulevards. A blossoming trading town during the Enlightenment through its maritime activity, Bordeaux today is a paradise for wine. Over the centuries, the most prestigious vintages have passed through here: Petrus, Haut Brion and Chateau Margaux among others. For visitors, the many squares with their sunny terraces and cafe’s are the perfect place to relax. The many restaurants with the superb vintages and wine pairing menus are a delight to the culinary crowd.
Tuesday October 2nd
Wine Tasting at Chateau Pichon Longueville - It was in the 17th century that Jacques de Pichon, Baron de Longueville, began to put together the vineyard of Pichon-Longueville, between St-Julien and Pauillac. The reputation of this wine was established in a few years and the fame of the domaine equalled that of Latour. Now Grand Cru, this chateau produces some of the most coveted wine in the Bordeaux region and our tour and tasting will be a memory for many years to come.
Wednesday October 3rd
Saint Emilion & Chateau Figeac Wine Tasting Tour with Professional Guide - Visit of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion which since medieval times has perfectly complimented the gorgeous surrounding landscape. Saint-Emilion is a jewel of stones and stands proudly at the top of the hill overlooking the worldwide renowned Saint-Emilion vineyards. Built in the form of an amphitheatre, Saint-Emilion has also a remarkable monolithic church and its Romanesque monuments and vestiges tuck away in the back streets which seem to defy the passage of time. Our tour will include a local expert guide.
Wine tour at Château Figeac - (Premier Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion) is a very ancient estate, dating back to the 2nd century. The site features a water-supply system dating from the Gallo-Roman period, foundations of buildings from the Middle Ages with defensive walls, and the remains of a Renaissance chateau reflected in the present-day chateau's great door and tower. Figeac continues to be the largest estate in the commune of Saint-Emilion, with almost 100 acres of vineyards located in a small area which is often referred to as "Graves de Saint-Emilion” (same as Cheval Blanc). The main chateau dates from the late 18th century.
Thursday October 4th
Visit to La Cite du Vin Bordeaux - Situated in Bordeaux, La Cité du Vin is a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. La Cité du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilisations. In an open exhibition space, nearly twenty different themed areas invite you to take a voyage of discovery and enjoy a unique experience exploring the many and varied facets of wine across time and space. A visit to the permanent tour also includes the travel companion, a free, innovative tool available in eight languages and the access to La Cité du Vin’s Belvedere, where you will discover a 360° view of Bordeaux whilst tasting a glass of world wine (50 ml).
Wine tasting & Dinner at Château du Tertre - The Château du Tertre, Grand Cru Classé Medoc, dominates the vineyard in Margaux with over 120 acres. Cabernet Sauvignon is the major grape variety, endowing the wine with structure and concentration. Renowned for its roundness and suppleness, Merlot then brings its silkiness to the final blending. Cabernet Franc lends its distinctive, rich bouquet of spicy notes. Later in maturity, the Petit Verdot completes this range of aromas. Thus is born the Château du Tertre Grand Vin, reflecting the very soul of this exceptional terroir. A special dinner will accompany these fine wines for a great night!