Bordeaux Left & Right

FRANCE
Adventures in the Wines and Geology of Bordeaux

Tour Dates: October 4th-10th, 2020

Day 1 Sunday, October 4: Rendezvous in Bordeaux (D)

• 3 pm: Rendezvous at hotel TBD in Bordeaux city 
(note: TGV from Paris Gare Montparnasse and/or CDG to Bordeaux Gare Saint Jean virtually every hour)
• Briefing at hotel on the week ahead, geology overview of Bordeaux, Bordeaux AOC’s, wines and classifications
• Dinner together at Bordeaux restaurant TBD

Day 2 Monday, October 5: Left Bank Margaux, Ch. Mouton-Rothschild and more (B,L)

• Breakfast at hotel
• Presentation, Q&A on bus of geology, AOC’s etc of the Médoc
• Tour and tasting at Ch. du Tertre (AOC Margaux)
• Tour Haut-Médoc AOC’s: Margaux, Listrac-en-Médoc, Moulis-en-Médoc, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe
• Lunch at Maison d’Estournel in Saint Estephe
• Tour and tasting at 1er Grand Cru Ch. Mouton-Rothschild (AOC Pauillac)
• Enjoy Bordeaux restaurant scene for dinner on your own

Day 3 Tuesday, October 6: Left Bank Pessac-Leognan, Graves, Sauternes (B, L, D)

• Breakfast at hotel
• Tour AOC Pessac-Léognan, AOC Graves, AOC Cérons and AOC Barsac
• Tour and tasting at Ch. Guiraud (AOC Sauternes)
• Lunch at La Chapelle
• Tour and tasting at 1er Grand Cru Ch. Yquem
• Geology and wines of AOC’s Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, Loupiac, Cadillac, Premiéres Côtes de Bordeaux
• Tasting at hotel and briefing on geology and wines of the Right Bank
• Dinner together in Bordeaux

Day 4 Wednesday, October 7: To the Right Bank St. Émilion Satellites & Castillon via Two Rivers (B, L, D)

• Breakfast at hotel
• Travel to St. Émilion
• Geology and wines of AOC Entre-Deux-Mers, AOC Bordeaux and AOC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
• Picnic lunch in the vines
• Tour and tasting at Ch. Reignac (AOC Bordeaux) or Ch. d’Aiguilhe (AOC Castillon CdB)
• Tour thru St. Émilion “satellite” AOC’s: Lussac-, Puisseguin-, Montagne-, and St. Georges-St. Émilion
• Check into Hotel
• Dinner together in Saint Émilion

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Day 5 Thursday, October 8: St. Émilion - Two terroirs and total immersion (B, L)

• Breakfast at hotel
• Briefing on St. Émilion geology, AOC and Grand Cru classifications
• Tour of St. Émilion vineyards
• Tour of limestone cellars and tasting at Grand Cru Classé Ch. Rochebelle
• Lunch together in St. Émilion
• Afternoon to explore St. Émilion
• Tasting by DDK at hotel for those interested
• Dinner on your own

Day 6 Friday, October 9: The great wines of Pomerol and its neighbors (B, L, D)

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Tour geology and wines of Libornais AOC's: Pomerol, Lalande-de-Pomerol, Fronsac, Canon-Fronsac, Blaye-Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg
• Picnic lunch in the vines
• Tour and tasting at top château (Ch. Petrus? Ch. Cheval Blanc?
• Farewell dinner together in St. Émilion

Day 7 Saturday, October 10: Aurevoir les amis (B)

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Guidance with travel to Bordeaux TGV Gare Saint-Jean
• Au revoir les amis du vin et de la géologie

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Rates:     

Double Occupancy $4,925/person  -  Single Occupancy $5,425/person

What’s Included:

- Expertise of tour leaders

- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights along the tour route

- Meals as noted in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)

- Daily wine tastings

- All sightseeing and visits as noted in the itinerary

- Transportation between hotels and for all daily itineraries

- Assistance with transport at tour’s end
- All gratuities

- Pre-tour and in-tour information

- Suggested reading list

 

What’s Not Included:

- Passport and all visa fees, photos, immunizations, or other travel documentation fees

- Airfare for flights to and from France

- Train fare or other travel before and after the tour

- Airline or train transfers and baggage handling

- Personal items such as souvenirs or wines that might be purchased for personal use

-Other items noted as optional or not specifically mentioned as included

- Optional travel insurance including cancellation/delay/lost baggage insurance

This itinerary and lodging arrangements are subject to change based on weather conditions and the availability of scheduled wineries/vineyards.

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