Grand Tour of Bordeaux

May 20th–May 25th, 2013

6 days, 5 nights and limited to six double/twin rooms and one single!

Preliminary Itinerary

Monday, Wine tasting: Classified Growths from Médoc and Saint Emilion

In the afternoon you’ll arrive at Chateau Coulon Laurensac, your residence for the next 6 days. After you’ve settled in in one of our comfortable suites and maybe relaxed a little by the pool, it’s time for your first wine experience: A visit to our personal wine cellar with its impressive wine collection followed by an introduction to the fun of Grand Cru wine tasting. The wine and cheese dinner that follows the wine tasting will give you an excellent opportunity to get to know the other guests while savoring your first Grand Cru wines of this tour.

Meals included: Dinner

 

Tuesday, Saint Julien and Pauillac

Today you are off for your first day in the vineyards. We have a rendez vous in Saint Julien at a “Super” Second Growth. These 2nd Growths are considered to be almost at the same level as the First Growths. Whether this is true you may decide for yourself after tasting their wines. Right next door, in the Pauillac appellation, you’ll be impressed by the state of the art wine making facilities and vat rooms at First Growth Chateau Latour. Here you will taste an older vintage of the Grand Vin, as well as their 2nd and 3rd wines both of which are considered to be on the level of a Classified Growth!

Lunch with local specialties in an elegant local restaurant that is frequented by many chateau owners and wine traders.

This afternoon we’ll be welcomed at 1st Growth Chateau Lafite Rothschild, your second First Growth visit of the day. During your visit in the unique round aging cellar you’ll be explained what it takes to make such an excellent wine.

Later that afternoon we have a rendez vous in Pauillac at Grand Cru Classé Chateau Pontet Canet. Here you will see how organic wine making can lead to 98-100 point wines (2009 and 2010). If we’re lucky we’ll see the horses at work in the vineyards.

Dinner tonight will be at one of the 5 Best (Bistro) Restaurants in the World! Here your dinner will be cooked on the open fire in the restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

 Wednesday, Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes

After an early breakfast we leave for the Pessac-Léognan where we have the privilege of tasting Chateau Haut Brion, the oldest of the First Growths and one of the few chateaux in Bordeaux that employs its own cooper.

Our visit will be at Haut Brion’s sister chateau, La Mission Haut Brion, right across the street of Haut Brion that is currently renovating. We will taste wines from both properties here.

Our next appointment this morning is a visit and tasting at Grand Cru Classé des Graves. This chateau has become one of Robert Parkers favorites over the last years. We will taste these excellent wines over a unique lunch in the chateau.

This afternoon we are headed for sweet wine country.

Any other Sauternes will pale in comparison to Chateau d’Yquem, our next stop that afternoon.

You can count yourself amongst the happy few who had the opportunity to visit and taste at this renowned chateau. And of course the visit will be followed by a tasting of the outstanding wine produced at this exceptional estate.

Dinner tonight will be at a Michelin two star rated Relais & Chateaux Restaurant with its unique view on Bordeaux.

The restaurant is surrounded by its own vineyards. We’ve booked different tables for each couple so you can enjoy this feast tête à tête.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Thursday, Margaux and the city of Bordeaux

This morning, at your second trip to the Médoc, Margaux will be the center of attention. Our first stop will be at one of the famous Classified Growths of this very special appellation.

We’ll be welcomed for our visit at First Growth Chateau Margaux. We think the chateau is perhaps the most beautiful chateau of the entire Médoc. ( We are a little biased as our chateau Coulon Laurensac resembles this First Growth) .

The wines produced here are considered the benchmark for the Bordeaux wines and an example for winegrowers all over the world.

After our second tasting at a Grand Cru Classé we’ll be welcomed into the chateau for lunch. We are invited into the estate’s private dining room. Our steaks will have been grilled over the clippings of the vines and of course all the wines on our table will have been produced at the property.

Bordeaux’s center has undergone an amazing development and today is one of the most beautiful and sophisticated places in France. You can spend the afternoon and the evening in Bordeaux on your own. Visit the beautiful town hall or the Grand Theatre. Take a stroll over the largest square in Europe : the Place des Quinqonces or maybe you’d like to take a boat trip on the Garonne river.

Shopping victims will find their paradise in Bordeaux. Get your credit cards ready in the Golden Triangle, the famous shopping area where you will find them all: Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Hermès, YSL, Gucci, Lacoste, Longchamp and many more…

You can enjoy dinner on your own in one of the city’s many fine restaurants. (It will be our pleasure to make a reservation for you).

 

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Friday, Saint Emilion and Pomerol

A unique experience is the visit to one of the world’s most famous vineyard regions, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site: Saint Emilion. Today you’ll explore the beautiful medieval cobble stone streets. You can soak up the atmosphere and experience wine everywhere.

But we’ll start in Pomerol, one of the smallest appellations of Bordeaux . Here we’ll visit one of the best wine estates that Pomerol has to offer. We will taste these velvety wines that are ideal with subtle dishes.

Later that morning we’ll visit a 1 st Growth of St. Emilion like Chateau Angélus or Chateau Canon.

You’ll experience the differences between the wines from St. Emilion and Pomerol and for example Médoc or Graves .

For lunch we will be in the heart of the medieval city. In the elegant local restaurant you can visit the wine cellar that is cut out off the lime stone.

After lunch we will visit one of the many wine shops in St. Emilion. We know which ones have the best wines and will give you the best prices. Of course they will ship everything you might be tempted to buy.

Your four course farewell dinner at Chateau Coulon Laurensac will be a very memorable experience, with several Grand Cru wines. One wine is sure to make a lasting impression: Château Mouton Rothschild of over 10 years old ! With your dessert you will taste the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings: Chateau d’Yquem of an age of over fifteen years old!

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

 

Saturday, Bordeaux

Today ends an unforgettable Bordeaux Wine Experience. After a leisurely breakfast you can relax a little and may be take a few last pictures before it is time to say goodbye to Chateau Coulon Laurensac. Depending on your departure time you can spend some free time in Bordeaux.

Meals included: Breakfast

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$8199 USD per person, double or twin occupancy; one single room available.Due to the exclusive nature of these tours, this program will sell out, early booking is strongly recommended!