TRAVEL TO THE HEART OF BORDEAUX CLASSIFIED GROWTHS
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FROM € 1800 PP
Come to Bordeaux, the worldwide capital of wine, for an unforgettable travel experience.
Bordeaux is both the worldwide capital of wine and an 18th century architectural gem, and many of its monuments are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The town boasts 347 historic sites and is surrounded by exceptional vineyards, with prestigious wineries of splendid and sometimes unusual architecture, making it an unforgettable stop for amateurs of wine, ancestral traditions and history.
Between the town and the vineyards, gourmet meals, private visits of renowned wineries, you will discover all the charms of an exceptional, vast wine-making region and its famous Chateaux – Carbonnieux, Pape Clément, Beychevelle, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and many more – will reveal the secrets of the production of their nectars.
BORDEAUX AND UNESCO
Start your luxury holiday in Bordeaux at the luxury Le Grand Hotel, your home away from home for three nights, situated right in the heart of Bordeaux. Enter this legendary hotel and profit from its many advantages to name but a few two restaurants including a double Michelin star, a 1000m² Spa, the most popular Rooftop in Bordeaux offering a panoramic view of the whole city, the perfect place to sip a glass of Bordeaux wine while admiring the Grand Théâtre, one of Bordeaux’s most beautiful sites.
Stroll around the town, and discover the architectural gems of the 18th century, the Hôtel de Ville district where the Cathedral Saint-André stands, the historic pedestrian district with its numerous restaurants and cafés that brighten up the area and give you the opportunity to stop for a delicious bite to eat, or just to enjoy their sunny terraces. Don’t forget to wander along the banks of the Garonne with its amazing façades, listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The recent development of the riverbanks has given this area an art de vivre where you can go to relax, dream, and get caught up in its magic. Our expert guide will be happy to show you around the jewels of Bordeaux.
For shopping lovers, Bordeaux has many luxury boutiques in an area which the people from Bordeaux call “The Golden Triangle”, where you can find top brands such as Cartier, Kenzo, Hermès etc. You can also go down rue Sainte Catherine, the longest pedestrian road in Europe, where you will be amazed by the wide range of boutiques.
Taste local gastronomy at some carefully selected restaurants for your evening meal.
In the evening, meet over a glass of Bordeaux wine in a magical place to discover the flavours of a new ‘cru’, be advised on its appellation. Red wine, dry or sweet white, rosé, Clairets, you will be taken to discover the wines of Bordeaux in a privileged setting.
STUNNING ‘GRAND CRU CLASSE’ CHATEAUX
Today your chauffeur will bring you to the Pessac Léognan vineyards, which produces red and white wines over more than 1400 hectares. The beauty of many Châteaux of the appellation arouses visitors admiration. Some of them are classified to the French Historic Monuments.
You will have the privilege of being welcomed into the wine storehouses of a “Grand Cru Classé”, in an architecturally remarkable Château which has belonged to the family since 1956. You will get to know their wine, made according to ancient and traditional methods, and discover the characteristics of their terroir, which give very distinctive qualities to their wines – with strong, deep intensely coloured crimson reds, and delicate whites, generally of a yellow green colour, due to the fact that they are usually stored in an oak barrel, according to Bordeaux tradition.
At the heart of another legendary estate, also a “Grand Cru Classé”, a sommelier will introduce you to “vertical tasting”, meaning several vintage years of a top wine, to the way of serving wine and to the decantation. You will then visit the vineyard which stretches over 30 hectares, as well as hundreds of grape vines, before entering the wine making storehouses.
The visit will be followed by an aperitif and a fabulous lunch in the Château’s dining room, during which you will have the opportunity to taste 3 of their wines.
After lunch, we invite you to visit a famous and exceptionally stunning Château, a “Grand Cru Classé”, whose wines were renowned as early as the 18th Century. In this Château, the most modern of the Pessac-Leognan appellation, you will be surprised by its barrel storehouse, installed 6 metres underground, able to hold up 1300 barrels, in which wine is matured over 18 months before being bottled. The Château also contains an integrated cooperage, which produces more than 400 barrels each year. You will taste their wines, both white and red, which are among the best in the world. For dinner, a table in one of the best regional cuisine restaurants will await you.
After breakfast, we take you 40km North East of Bordeaux, to the heart of the Libournais vineyards, where the main village, Saint-Émilion, famous for its art and its history, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. This wine region, where the majority of the estates is no bigger than 10 hectares, is home to a large number of legendary wines such as Pétrus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, to name but a few.
We organized an exclusive visit of 2 Saint-Émilion’s “Grands Crus Classés” as well as widely renowned and prestigious vineyards of Pomerol appellation, which is home to the most famous name, Pétrus.
You will be welcomed in a fabulous 18th Century chartreuse (bourgeois country house, very popular during the 18th and 19th century in Bordeaux vineyards).
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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Contact us on +33 545 833 652 to start planning your holiday.
YOU’LL LOVE TO KNOW
Chateau d'Yquem: one glass of wine per vine
Classified Premier Cru Supérieur of Sauternes in 1855 Château d’Yquem has always remained alone in this category. This famous sweet wine, whose origins date back to the 17th century, is a royal wine without any competitor in the world.
From this vineyard of more than a hundred hectares, an average of 120,000 bottles are produced annually by following a golden rule: one glass of wine per vine and per year.
Lillet: A typical Bordeaux aperitif
In a little village in the renowned Bordeaux region, La Maison Lillet created, in 1872, an aperitif combining Bordeaux wines and fruit infusions.
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