The Route of the Chateaux

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The Medoc

The left bank Medoc appellation produces red wines exclusively. We are talking majority Cabernet Sauvignon blends with exceptional ageing potential. The Route of the Chateaux runs through the 60 legendary Grand Cru Classé Chateaux (Great Classified Growth since 1855). Prestige and history lovers are spoilt for choice here.

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The left bank Medoc appellation produces red wines exclusively. We are talking majority Cabernet Sauvignon blends with exceptional ageing potential. The Route of the Chateaux runs through the 60 legendary Grand Cru Classé Chateaux (Great Classified Growth since 1855). Prestige and history lovers are spoilt for choice here.

But you needn’t go for prestige chateaux only. Some of the smaller estates are extremely interesting to visit, their wines are good value for money and you’re received more like a friend, with a different level of passion. It’s fascinating to compare the two!

Throughout the day, you will be introduced to the otherwise tightly-knit world of wine in Bordeaux. You can simply lean back and enjoy the beautiful scenery, the enchanting architecture, learn about the secrets behind the terroirs and winemaking in chateaux that I have carefully pre-selected. And, of course, you can ask me questions… all day long.

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A Day-Tour Suggestion

Let’s combine your expectations with my experience and set up the perfect day. The below programme is a mere example of what we can do on a full day tour:

09:00am Pick-up at your hotel or any other place in Bordeaux of your convenience.
Commented drive through Bordeaux City and southern Medoc (history, culture & wine)
10:00am Tour and Tasting in a Grand Cru Classé Chateau in Margaux
Drive up the scenic and mythical “Route des Chateaux” (take some pictures)
11:30am Tour and Tasting in a Grand Cru Classé Chateau in Saint Julien
12:30pm Lunch in a selected Medoc gourmet restaurant
Fresh produce, great wines by the bottle or by the glass, charming atmosphere…
03:00pm Tour and Tasting in a Grand Cru Classé Chateau in Pauillac or Saint-Estephe (your choice)
or, if you prefer,
Tour and Tasting in a small, family-owned chateau
05:30pm Drop-off at your hotel or any other place in Bordeaux of your convenience

Indicative price

For a full-day tour: 470-570€ / private group

The price includes:

  • The organisation of a bespoke tour
  • Private transportation in a comfortable and modern car
  • An experienced, English-speaking wine enthusiast as your guide (Professional Driver’s License)

The price excludes:

  • Fees in chateaux (0€-70€/person with 1-4 tastings)
  • Restaurants

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