We met up with friends for a 3-day private group tour for four. Xavier, our excellent guide, was very well informed and gave a very clear explanation of the different styles of wine and the intricate classification system of the various Bordeaux appellations. The tour included visits to eight château, covering most of the Bordeaux region – left and right bank. Each château gave us a tour of the vineyard and winery, explaining their production methods and culminating in a tasting.
On our arrival in Bordeaux, Xavier picked us up and took us through the Médoc to the delightful Chateau Ormes de Pez in Saint-Estephe where we stayed overnight after a swim in the pool, wine on the terrace and a gourmet dinner.
The following day, Xavier took us on a tour of the Médoc. The highlight was the Château Lynch Bages wine school, followed by lunch on the estate, and visits to Château Gruaud Larose and Château du Tertre – all Grands Crus Classés producers. By the end of the day we were well versed in the distinctive styles of the different terroirs within the Medoc.
For the rest of our visit we stayed in the Hôtel De Seze in the centre of Bordeaux – currently ranked 9th out of 175 on Trip Advisor. We had the evenings free to explore Bordeaux and try out Xavier’s excellent restaurant recommendations.
The next day our education continued on the right bank in Saint-Emilion with visits to Château de Ferrand (Grand Cru classé) and Château Canon (Premier Grand Cru Classé), then on to Pomerol to Château Petit Village. We had time to explore the town of Saint-Emilion before meeting up with Xavier for lunch at a delightful restaurant off the main tourist track and frequented by locals.
Our final day was a mainly white day. Xavier took us to Château Larrivet Haut Brion in Pessac-Léognan, lunch in the village of Sauternes, the gardens of Château Yquem, and to Château Suduiraut – also in Sauternes.
We came back to the UK by car with a fair number of bottles which we will be able to enjoy and re-live our very enjoyable visit to Bordeaux.
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