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The Grand Cru Bordeaux Experience

Join SmoothRed on this superb four-day Bordeaux Wine Experience, an exclusive wine tour visiting some of the regions most prestigious wine estates. We will be guided by Chris Kissack, author of Winedoctor and the 2012 Pocket Guide to the Wines of Bordeaux. Chris has been writing about Bordeaux for over ten years and has all the insights into the region, the châteaux and the wines that we will need. With a great line-up of châteaux to visit, including Château dYquem, this will be a truly unique and memorable wine experience.

For a full travel itinerary contact SmoothRed on 020 8877 4940

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Your Bordeaux wine tour highlights  

- Private chauffeur for the duration of the holiday and a wine expert to host your trip

- Visits and tasting at famous chateaux like Château dYquem and  Château Haut-Brion  

- Lunch at Château Pichon-Longueville, Château  Canon Gaffeliere and Haut-Bailly

Your Itinerary

30th September 2014 - St Emilion

Early flight from London Gatwick to Bordeaux. Here you will be welcomed by your wine guide host- Chris Kissack the Winedoctor. You will then travel on a private coach for a lovely tasting lunch at one of the leading estates in St Emilion, Château Canon Gaffeliere -  after lunch an exclusive visit at Chateau Angelus elevated to the rank of premier grand cru classé in the 2012 revision of the St Emilion classification. Our base for the three nights is in the centre of Bordeaux . A lovely 3 star hotel in the heart of the old town, or a luxurious 4 star option. Wind down with a wonderful dinner and accompanying wines in Bordeaux City.

1st October 2014 - Graves and Sauternes

Today you will visit Château Haut-Brion. This is perhaps the grand-daddy of all Bordeaux estates, and surely the one with the most enviable history. The wines (white and red) are the grandest in all Pessac-Léognan, and in a poll of wine writers I am sure Haut-Brion would top the list of ‘desert-island’ wines. Following this visit and tasting, lunch is served in a wonderful restaurant overlooking the vineyards in Sauternes.

The second visit of the day is at t Château dYquem the world’s most famous sweet wine, the greatest, the most long-lived, the most expensive and undoubtedly the most coveted.

2nd October 2014 - The Medoc

Tour up the famous ‘Route des Chateau’ in the Medoc passing famous Grand Cru Estates, and stop for your first visit at Château Pontet-Canet now fully biodynamic, the first cru classé estate in Bordeaux to convert, and still (along with Château Climens in Barsac) the most significant biodynamic vineyard. No wonder this is now one of the most  sought after wines in Pauillac, fetching prices to challenge famous names such as  and Château Pichon-Lalande.

Following this visit and tasting, lunch is served in the wonderful setting of Château Pichon-Longueville, surely the most beautiful and striking of all the château on the Médoc. The afternoon will take you to Château Rauzan Segla, one of the most charming estates in the appellation of Margaux, this property has regularly produced one of the top wines of the appellation in recent years. 

3rd October 2014- Bordeaux and Graves

On you last day soak up the ambience of this city and see why Bordeaux is a designated UNESCO world heritage site. A stroll along one of Europes longest shopping esplanades is also a must, passing over 350 historical monuments along your way. For your last visit in Bordeaux, enjoy Château Haut-Bailly. An estate with no shortage of fans among the wine trade and wine journalists, is another property where quality has been pushed higher and higher. It is well known that Château Haut-Bailly was once regarded as an  equal to Château Haut-Brion, and if the quality continues to climb maybe we will be saying this once again! Following this last visit, enjoy a fantastic wine tasting lunch at Haut-Bailly. End your Bordeaux Experience with private transfers to the airport and fly back to London early evening.

Prices:

 £1679.00 per person - 3 star hotel option (based on double room Occupancy)

 £1979.00 per person - 4 star upgrade option (based on double room Occupancy)

Please note this trip is limited to 14 people. 

 

What our clients say....

“A totally magnificent trip...On behalf of the John Lewis Wine Club can I say what a great success the trip was. Every detail was thought of and the organisation was superb. The hotel and choice and variety of the Chateaux were excellent. We are all delighted - please give me a call when you have a moment so that we can start talking about the next one."

John Lewis Partnership - Bordeaux

 

Please note all scheduled group tours are based upon a minimum of 8 people  travelling. In the event that fewer than 8 people have booked 6 weeks  before the commencement of the trip, you will be offered the opportunity to  either: upgrade the itinerary to a private trip (for which a supplement will be  due); or cancel your booking (in which event a full refund will be made of an monies paid to date).