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“Private tours of Wine Country”

33 Tour Bordeaux & Chateaux
Ranked #9 of 70 Food & Drink in Bordeaux
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Owner description: Have you ever wanted to learn more about Bordeaux wines ? Do you want to visit some of the top vineyards in Bordeaux ? to be guided by a real Bordeaux insider ? 33Tour Bordeaux & Chateaux is a small local wine tour company, we organize food and wine tours in famous Chateaux in the Medoc, St Emilion, Margaux, Pauillac, Sauternes and all over the Bordeaux vineyard... Enjoy local gastronomy, Learn more about Bordeaux history, Experience wines from different regions we want to give you the best experience of the vineyard with always personal attention.
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Private tours of Wine Country”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Highly recommend this company. Xavier, owner and guide, took our group of three on a private tour of a St. Emilion vineyard. and to the medieval town for lunch. The vineyard was a Grand Cru Clase and the lunch was at a small retaurant off the beaten track. Next time, we will tour the Medoc region with this same company.

Visited June 2014
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Lafayette, California
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“An Exceptional Experience”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

I left Bordeaux yesterday after a truly exceptional two day wine tour with Xavier. It was all so easy and well planned, I had only to sit back and enjoy the scenery, the wine (of course) and Xavier's boundless knowledge of the region. He picked some great Chateaus for tasting, including Pontet Canet, which is a personal favorite, and some wonderful local restaurants for lunch. And, for me, Xavier's punctuality was an added bonus and not something I see very often, regardless of the context. I enthusiastically recommend 33 Tour to anyone visiting Bordeaux.

Visited June 2014
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Denver, United States
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“The best part of our France vacation”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

We did a three day tour with 33 Tour and it was the absolute highlight of our France vacation. Xavier and Ysabel provide an exceptional level of service, experience and knowledge. If you love wine and want to learn more or just want to enjoy the scenery and wonderful food, 33 Tour is for you. We were a bit reluctant to book a tour in another country but Ysabel was always very responsive and we felt quite secure in all the arrangements. She even made special accommodations for food allergies.

We go to Napa and Sonoma every year and decided we would try the Bordeaux wine country. Unlike California where you can drive up unannounced to most wineries and just walk in for a tasting, in Bordeaux most grand crus are not really open to the public. So you need an experienced guide with the right connections to arrange for tours and tastings. And at most of the grand crus it is not possible to buy their wine on-site or join a wine club. Knowing we were interested in reds and possibly buying some wine and that we were wine club members in California, 33 Tour was able to customize our tour.

Xavier picked us up at the train station and then drove us (in a comfortable van) to Medoc (left bank) to help us understand the terroir of the region. Then we stayed at and enjoyed a private gourmet dinner at Chateau Ormes de Pez, where we did a vertical tasting of their various vintages. Our chef (Gilles) explained how the weather and other events affected each wine he served us. We have enjoyed many good restaurants in Napa (even the CIA) but this was just an incredible gourmet experience.

Next day was grand cru Lynch-Bages where we had a private tour and “wine school” where we were able to make our own personal red blends of the vintage then being bottled. Of course, a great outdoor lunch followed and several other tours in Medoc including Chateau du Tetre, where we could buy some wine.

We stayed La Maison de Bordeaux where somehow 33 Tour was able to get us an upgrade to a big room with an outdoor terrace.

Day two Xavier took us to St. Emilion, a charming medieval town on a hill on the right bank. While there we had a private tour and tasting at Chateau Fonplegade, which is owned by Americans who also have wineries in Napa. We belong to several Napa/Sonoma wine clubs but thought that it would not be possible for us to buy wine in France due to the high shipping cost. Fonplegade is one of the very few Chateaux that do have a wine club, which we joined. And since they ship their French wine from California, our case of wine arrived at our home in Colorado the day after we returned. This was followed by a gourmet lunch (of course).

Day three we did a private tour and tasting at grand cru premier Chateau Haut-Brion in Pessac. When you taste a wine like this you understand why critics rave about French wine. After a wonderful lunch we headed to Sauterne to taste some whites and the reds at Chateau du Ferrand, owned by the family of Baron Bich (of Bic pen fame).

During the entire three days, Xavier was always friendly, knowledgeable and (important to us based on bad experiences traveling elsewhere) a careful driver.

We highly recommend 33 Tour!

Bruce and Suzanne Ray
Centennial, Colorado

Visited May 2014
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Bordeauxwinetours, Owner at 33 Tour Bordeaux & Chateaux, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Thanks Ray for this very complete review of your tour. It was a great pleasure to accommodate you
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“Third time”
Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

Third time I'm with Xavier and he always have good choices of restaurants and hotels. He has very good knowledge about the wines and the regions, and also excellent choices of chateaux to visit. Never been disappointed. He is very organized and keeps all the records so he knows exactly where I have been to or not. And most important, he replies to emails very fast. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2014
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Bordeauxwinetours, Owner at 33 Tour Bordeaux & Chateaux, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Maby next year for a fourth time, thanks for the wine you let me at the hotel, Cheers !
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Dallas, Texas
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“What a great way to learn Bordeaux wine”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

We booked three days of private Chateau tours with 33 Tour. Our guide was Xavier and what a great guide he is. He arrived early at our hotel to pick us up each day. We could set our watch by his promptness. His knowledge of the area and the Chateaux in Bordeaux is excellent. On the way to each Chateau, Xavier gave us information about the area we were going to visit, the history of the wines and the area of Bordeaux we were seeing. His knowledge of the different wines and the why they were different gave us quite an education about Bordeaux. The private tour at each Chateau made the trip. We tasted some great vintages at some wonderful Chateaux and the employees were fantastic in their presentations of the Chateau and the wines. Xavier also had made reservations each day for lunch in the area and every restaurant was excellent. He really knows how to put a program together to share his knowledge of the wines and Chateaux.
33 Tour has to be at the top of the list of private Bordeaux tours.

Visited May 2014
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