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WE TAKE YOU IN BORDEAUX & AROUND
Our tailor-made luxury holidays in Bordeaux are designed to help you discover the many facets of this region shaped by the vine. We will open the doors of wine châteaux to you where your hosts will share with you their passion, their history each time different, their know-how. We are here to help you appreciate all the riches of these terroirs, which change with each step, explaining the particular character of each cru.
What are the greatest appellations of Bordeaux wines?
Bordeaux wines are a whole universe, a puzzle of 57 appellations that make up the largest vineyard of controlled designations of origin in France (A.O.C) where red wines, dry whites, sweet and sweet whites, rosés, clairets, Crémant de Bordeaux and Fine Bordeaux coexist.
Bordeaux Rouge, Bordeaux Blanc, Bordeaux Rosé, Bordeaux Clairet and Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge or blanc which correspond to the administrative borders of the Gironde department. The appellations Crémant de Bordeaux Blanc, Crémant de Bordeaux Rosé and Fine de Bordeaux are among them.
They evoke a territory such as Entre-deux-Mers, Graves, Médoc, the First Côtes de Bordeaux or a canton such as Côtes de Bourg.
Communal appellations: the most prestigious
For the sake of highlighting their differences, some owners wanted to be individualized. This is how the communal appellations, often the most prestigious, appeared: Saint-Estèphe, Pomerol, Pauillac, Margaux, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Sauternes, Loupiac, Barsac.
What was the ambition of the1855 ranking: to be the most prestigious of course !
Before the official classification in 1855, no talk of “Crus Classés”, “Grands Crus Classés”… but lists were circulating on the Place de Bordeaux, pointing to the most highly rated wines, a valuable compass for merchants keen to drive up wine prices.
It was during the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1855 that these secret exchanges of information took an official and decisive turn.
The Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and the Chambre Syndicale des Courtiers de Bordeaux had no difficulty in drawing up the famous list, which consecrated 60 Médoc châteaux, a Grave and only one, the Château Haut-Brion, and 26 sweet white wines from Sauternes and Barsac. A Napoleonic track record that would give wings to these rare privileged winegrowers whose prices soared even more. Since that date, apart from once when Château Mouton-Rothschild moved up a rank, moving to the 1er Cru Classé category in 1973, the 1855 classification has remained unchanged.
It was only later that the other appellations took the plunge with the wines of Grave in 1953, Saint-Emilion two years later which choose a revision of the classification every 10 years.
Pomerol: no classification for the prestigious appellation
In Pomerol, neighboring Saint-Emilion, there is no classification between the crus, which has not prevented these wines from achieving a sacred reputation and very enviable prices. This means that when it comes to hierarchy, the price is just as important as a distinction. The ‘Petrus’ case is a shining example.
Which grape variety for which terroir in Bordeaux?
Terroir and grape variety are inseparable. The terroir evokes a unique balance between different natural elements that neighbor and sublimate each other such as the texture of the soil, the microclimate, the exposure of the plot… all this adapted to the selected grape varieties involved in the development of Bordeaux wines without forgetting Men and their choices, their know-how. The birth of a great wine thus preserves its part of mystery and that’s a good thing!
Learning about vinification, blending and aging
Our luxury wine tours in Bordeaux Châteaux will make you understand how, from the vine stock, the grape is transformed into a wine which dazzle you in a glass. Because the art of tasting cannot be improvised, our tasting courses will awaken all your senses and help you put your impressions into words through sensory analysis involving sight, smell and taste.
We have no fixed itinerary, because at In-Luxe Travel France, true luxury follows no one else but you and combines rarity, knowledge, know-how, intuition. Take these itineraries as simply suggestions for the kind of holiday you might have in Bordeaux and around.
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MUST SEE & DO
What you shouldn’t miss to see and do while traveling to Bordeaux and around.
INITIATE YOURSELF TO THE ART OF WINE TASTING
The art of tasting wines cannot be improvised. For an “enlightened” pleasure, take a tasting course in the largest fine wine vineyard in the world. Colour, nose, flavor and balance: awaken your senses and learn to put your impressions into words.
VERTICAL TASTING AT A GRAND CRU CLASSE
Treat yourself to a magnificent vertical of 7 great vintages of a Grand Cru Classé to discover and understand their perpetual search for excellence. Learn hidden history, anecdotes, and the secret history of a Grand Cru.
HOT AIR BALLOON OVER BORDEAUX & ST-EMILION
Fly over a prestigious and fascinating region, famous for its vineyards and castles that shape a magical landscape. Float above the prestigious vineyards of Chateau Margaux, Chateau Montrose, Chateau Latour, Petrus…for an unforgettable moment.
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VISIT CHATEAU D'YQUEM
Raised to the ranks of Premier Cru Supérieur appellation in 1855, the 400-year-old Château d’Yquem vineyard is one of the most celebrated and coveted in the world.
HARVEST WITH WINEGROWERS
Shears in hand in the morning, lunch with the winegrowers, glass of wine in the cellar in the afternoon. It is ideal for understanding Bordeaux blending and winemaking methods.
PICNIC IN A WINERY PARK
Enjoy a wonderful culinary experience with fresh, artisan, seasonal produce during a delicious and chic picnic in an exceptional setting.
MAKE YOUR OWN BORDEAUX BLEND, CREATE YOUR WINE !
Become the winemaker for a day, taste the various grape varieties before creating your own cuvée and comparing it to the winemakers selection.
VISIT A GRAND CRU CLASSE WITH THE OWNER
Treat yourself to a private visit followed by a tasting of several Grands Crus Classés in the heart of the château’s private collection.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE TOUR IN BORDEAUX & SAINT-EMILION
Discover with a historian the landscapes and monuments of Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion, true outdoor museums, classified as World Heritage by Unesco.
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BURGUNDY EXCEPTIONAL GRANDS CRUS WINE TOUR
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