Departure from Bordeaux
From May to October included, not available in August
From 09:30 to 18:30
For the 1855 "Exposition Universelle" of Paris, Emperor Napoleon III requested a classification system for France's best Bordeaux wines which were to be on display for visitors from around the world. The Medoc wine region spans from the mouth of the Gironde River down south and includes the four famous communes of St-Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien and Margaux. On this Exclusive full day wine tour you will enjoy private visits and wine tasting in 3 prestigious Classified growth Chateaus of different appellations.
Your tour will begin in the Margaux appellation with a private "Prestige Visit" in a Classified Growth Chateau. Here, the richness and personality of a soil created over more than two million years by the accumulation of Pyrenean gravel, together with the climate and the flora, make up the precious DNA of the estate. Over time, mankind has learned to develop and communicate knowledge, discovering ways to innovate so as to better express the originality and authenticity of the Château's terroir. After a visit of the technical installations, you will wine taste two wines and discover the famous Cannelés cakes.
Then, follow the legendary Castle road that is lined up with some of the most prestigious wineries that the Medoc region is composed of including Chateau Palmer, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Pichon Longueville and so many more. After some time for lunch, continue on to Classified Growth Chateau Camensac. The estate borders the Saint-Julien appellation, in the commune of Saint-Laurent-Médoc. The vines are located on the area's finest gravelly rise. The topography is fairly steep and the pebby soil quite deep. Here, your private visit will focus on the 1855 Classification system as well as on the unique methods of marketing linked to Bordeaux wines. Finally, you will participate in a vertical tasting during which you will sample similar wines but from different vintages.
Your last visit will take place in Classified Growth Chateau Lagrange located in the west of the Saint-Julien appellation. With an altitude of 24 metres, the centre of the domain marks the highest point of Saint-Julien. The estate covers 157 hectares (390 acres), of which 115 hectares (284 acres) are under vine. The red grape varieties planted are those that typically thrive on the Médoc terroir, with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon contributes structure and ageing potential, the Merlot roundness and body, and the Petit Verdot fruit and complexity. After a private visit of the installations, your last wine tasting of the day will be paired with some of the finest cheeses aged by a famous local master "Fromager" so as to discover complementary or contrasting flavors with the wines tasted.
Inclusions / Exclusions
1. Private Visit & Wine tasting in 3 Classified Growth Chateaus
2. Follow the Chateau road
3. English speaking driver guide
4. Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped Minivans
5. Bottled water in the minivan
6. All wine tasting fees
7. Free Wifi access on board
1. Personal insurance & expenses
2. Drinks & Meals
3. Entrance fees to monuments, attractions
3. Gratuities for the driver/guide
In front of Bordeaux tourism office: 12 cours du 30 Juillet 33000 BORDEAUX
Pick up information
Hotel pick up not available
Tour returns at departure point
Tuesdays, Thursdays during the month of May, June, July, September, October
- Maximum of 8 passengers per tour
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Chateau visits are private during this tour
- If for some unforeseen reason an 1855 Classified Growth Chateau is not available for the tour, we will replace it by a Cru Bourgeois estate of equivalent quality of wines.
Visits take place in three 1855 Classified Grand Cru Chateaus of the Medoc, located in different appellations - Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac or Saint Estephe. All visits are private for the small group and emphasize on a particular aspect of wine making or wine tasting.
- Prices are listed as a guide only
- Tour not suitable for infants under the age of 4
- Children aged 4 - 12 years: half price
- Prices are per person
- Currency is in Euro
Possible languages: English