Sauternes Le Soleil, avec toutes ces planètes qui gravitent sous sa gouverne, prend encore le temps de mûrir une grappe de raisin, comme s'il n'y avait rien de plus important... (Galilée)

 

«Fall in love with Bordeaux on one day» Bordeaux – Graves

  • 9:00 a.m. - Departure from the hotel;
  • 9:30 a.m. - Walking tour in the historic center of the city of Bordeaux, through which UNESCO designated Bordeaux as part of the world heritage;
  • 12:30 p.m. - Lunch in the city center in a typical restaurant with local products;
  • 2:00 p.m. - Departure for a vineyard in the Graves appellation;
  • 2:30 p.m. - Visit of the Château with comments on winemaking and aging, followed by tasting of 4 wines (2 white and 2 red ones);
  • 5:00 p.m. - Visit of the most impressive and best preserved medieval Castles in the area of Bordeaux, built in the 14th century and still inhabited by the same family. The owners of the Castle will be pleased to give you a private tour of their Castle which will culminate by tasting the wine produced by the owner on its only 10ha of vines
  • 6:30 p.m. - Visit of a small wine producer, a Grand Cru Classé in 1855 (Great Classified Growth) in the appellation Barsac Sauternes, with tasting of his nectar;
  • 8:00 p.m. - Dinner in a gastronomic restaurant near the Sauternes appellation, where performs one of the best chefs of the region.
  • 10:00 p.m. - Departure to the hotel

Ici le shérif s’appelle Yquem, le Rio Bravo le Ciron, et l’or le Sauternes. (John WAYNE)

 

Medoc is the home of many of the most prestigious French wines. Among the famous appellations produced in this area are Saint Estephe, Margaux, Saint Julien and Pauillac. It was in 1855 that the wine producers of the Medoc region classified their 61 best wines according to a league table of "grands crus", ranking from "Premier Cru" to "Cinquième Cru". The best way to discover the Medoc region is to follow “La route des Chateaux” or the Castle road. During this wine tour, you will visit and taste the most famous wine of Medoc, through the best appellations, from Margaux to Saint-Estephe.

South of the Medoc there is the Haut-Medoc, a larger region which includes the villages of St-Estephe, Moulis, Listrac, Pauillac, St-Julien and Margaux. With regard to the Haut-Medoc itself, this region includes five classed growths.

Most northerly of the top left bank appellations is St-Estephe, a region producing wines characterized by dominant tannins and earthy flavors in their youth, developing elegance with age.
Next, Pauillac and St-Julien are the two great appellations of the Haut-Medoc. Blackcurrant fruit with cedar, and more specifically pencil-shavings, gives Pauillac away every time!

St-Julien, characterized by a sublime balance of perfume, structure and mineral fruit, it is for some the epitome of red wine drinking. Further south, and set back from the Gironde estuary, is Listrac. This region does not have the quality of St-Julien or Pauillac, more closely resembling St-Estephe in style. Moulis is next door, similarly set back from the Gironde. It is the smallest of the six appellations in the Haut-Medoc. There are some classy and good value wines here. And finally, Margaux, a perfumed, elegant wine, produced from vineyards at the southern end of the Haut-Medoc.

 Saint-Emilion is a charming medieval village located in the heart of the famous Bordeaux wine area and the oldest active wine producing appellation in the Bordeaux region with a history that dates back to the times of the ancient Romans.

 

Today you can still find numerous Roman ruins all over the Saint-Emilion region. Saint-Emilion was the home of the famous Roman poet and wine lover, Decimus Magnus Ausonius who served as the inspiration for the name of the now famous, Chateau Ausone. But the town takes its name from a Benedictine Monk from Brittany, named Emilion. Emilion lived a life of a hermit and, having accomplished a few miracles, he became very famous in the region. He is also responsible for starting to create the uniquely designed, limestone church that is central the village of Saint-Emilion. Today, the village of Saint-Emilion is a protected, UNESCO, world heritage site - a Cultural Landscape, with the oldest wine society in France - The Jurade of Saint-Emilion which was formed in 1199!

 

Saint-Emilion was the first region in Bordeaux to export its wines to England at the request of King Edward.

 

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 If you are planning a trip to Cognac, this tour would be the best to start your exploration of the area.

The name cognac, first produced in the 17th century, is well known all over the world as the finest French spirit but the town of Cognac was an important trading port for salt and local wine long before the discovery of the double distillation process that produced the famous drink.

If you visit the medieval quarter of Cognac or “Vieux Cognac” and you’ll be transported back in time. There are many buildings and quarters dating the 15th and 16th centuries. It also had royal connections – François I was born in 1494 at Château des Valois, now home to the Maison Otard cognac. Many other prestigious cognac brands are based in the town today, including Hennessy and Martell, Remy Martin and Camus.
But, whilst it’s a must to visit one of Grandes Maisons of cognac, we definitely recommend to visit one of the smaller artisan producers, with a very different and close approach and philosophy. Cognac Country is also home to Pineau de Charentes, an AOC liqueur wine made from three parts grape juice to one part cognac. Drunk chilled as an aperitif or dessert wine, pineau comes in two varieties – white and red.