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Bordeaux, listed at the UNESCO world heritage, is the capital of the Aquitaine region, and the fifth largest city in France. You will enjoy its alive shopping streets, historic quarters, food markets, cafés, wine bars, intimate traditional and gourmet restaurants. The city gave its name to the vineyard and its legendary chateaux of Saint-Emilion, Margaux, Pauillac, and more. Ideally located at the Gironde river estuary, about 30 miles (50 km) from the Atlantic coast, the city of Bordeaux was the largest port in France before the 1789 Revolution. The wine business and the triangular trade contributed to make merchants fortunate and to create a eighteenth century outstanding architectural heritage : private mansions, theaters and museums, tree-shaded thoroughfares and large avenues that invite to walks, beautifully designed river banks facing classified buildings such as Hotel de la Bourse, Grand Pavilion and fountains…
We have chosen Bordeaux as a starting point for our wines tours considering the location of the city at the center of the Medoc, Saint-Emilion, Sauternes and Graves prestigious vineyards. Your headquarters is a charming 4-keys guesthouse located downtown nearby Saint-Seurin basilica. It takes less than 10 minutes by walking to get to the Garonne banks, the public garden, the opera house, the alive Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Pierre quarters, famous for restaurants and shopping.
Mandel guesthouse is a privately-owned nineteenth-century renovated villa set on three levels. It offers 4 beautifully decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms (bath or shower, hairdryer and bathrobes), all furnished with stylish antiques and king-size or two single beds. Modern amenities include coffee and tea facilities, TV with international cable chains, free WiFi access. The rooms are air-conditioned. Daily continental breakfasts are served in the family dining room or on the terrace facing a small garden with a pool. Please note that the owners have two cats.
Bordeaux is the biggest region of wine growing in the world, made up of five main vineyards : Medoc, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Graves and Sauternes. Medoc and Saint-Emilion red wines are made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon often blended with Cabernet Franc.
The color trends to be a garnet/ruby shade. The flavor is typically a light one, with blackberry, black fruits, wood, and other notes. You will learn about the 1855 classification relied to Paris Universal Exhibition. Napoleon III asked a panel to break the region’s wines down by price (therefore, hopefully, quality as well).
The 1855 classification was never meant to be an official quality roster, however it’s unchanged today.
Taste of Bordeaux program includes 2 expert-led tours to the Medoc (Saint Julien, Pauillac, Margaux…) and to Saint-Emilion, with 3 prestigious Chateaux “Grands Crus” visits followed by wine tastings.
Day 1 – Bordeaux St-Jean train station transfer. Early afternoon check-in at the guesthouse. One-hour guided tour of Bordeaux in an open-air coach starting at 3:45pm (meeting point at the Visitors’ Bureau). Time free. Welcome food and wine pairing dinner at Mandel. Overnight at the villa.
Day 2 – Continental Breakfast. Cooking class celebrating the south-west cuisine. Tasting 3-course lunch accompanied by a glass of wine. Transfer to Saint-Emilion through Pomerol by private minibus. Expert-led one-hour visit to a Grand Cru winery, followed by wine tasting starting at 3:00pm. Walking tour to Saint-Emilion medieval village listed at the Unesco. Transfer to Bordeaux at 5:30pm. Relaxing time. 5-course dinner at restaurant Miles (wine is at extra cost) in Bordeaux. Overnight at the villa.
Day 3 – Continental Breakfast. Transfer to the Medoc through Margaux by private minibus. Expert-led one-hour visit to a Grand Cru winery such as Chateau Lascombes or Pichon-Longueville, a Second Growth of Margaux or Pauillac. Traditional lunch at Le Savoie in Margaux or at Chez Mémé in Saint-Julien-Beychevelle (wine is at extra cost). Afternoon visit to Chateau Léoville-Poyferré, a Second Growth of Saint-Julien or similar. Transfer to Bordeaux at 5:30pm. Relaxing time. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the villa.
Day 4 – Breakfast at the guesthouse. Check-out not later than 11:00am. Bordeaux St-Jean train station transfer. End of the tour.
$1820 per person, based on double occupancy
$290 single supplement
– Bordeaux Saint-Jean train station round-trip transfer
– Two expert-led wine tours by private minibus departing from Mandel guesthouse in Bordeaux
– Entrance fees to the wineries, tastings included
– Luxury guesthouse accommodation (3 nights)
– Daily continental breakfasts
– Two gourmet dinner in a Bordeaux restaurant and in the guesthouse “table d’hotes”
– One lunch in the Medoc
– Hands-on cooking class followed by tasting lunch accompanied by wine
– Recipes in English
– Tour of Bordeaux by open-air coach
NOT INCLUDED: international airfare to/from your country, train tickets in France, drinks at restaurants, personal expenses and personal insurance, and all which is not mentioned in “price includes”.
Taste of Bordeaux tour is available March to October, scheduled Tuesday-Friday or Wednesday-Saturday.
Tour is confirmed with 2 people, and it’s limited to 6 participants.