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Click here to read what my clients said about this tour In 2017 I ran a very successful tour to Bordeaux, at harvest time.  At popular request I ran two further, sell out, tours in 2019.  All the tours allowed us to gain an understanding of a region that is so famous it is almost…(Read More)

Our final morning in Bordeaux took us to Graves.  This was a great opportunity to consider  two more ingredients that are fundamental to this region – the grapes and the people. Obviously I’ve been mentioning grapes throughout the previous posts, but this was a nice opportunity to understand properly the four principle grape varieties that…(Read More)

D’Yquemistry de rot

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Clever title, no?  A group decision on the coach, though I’m not sure many people were hoping for a detailed chemistry lesson, and luckily Tim wasn’t planning on delivering one. We drove south along the toll road through Graves, spotting the odd vineyard among patches of woodland and maize fields.  Our overview of…(Read More)

We left the flat gravels of the Left Bank, and headed inland.  Over the Gironde within Bordeaux city, and crossed Entre-Deux Mers, an area we are not visiting on this trip; the scenery was already more varied and rolling.  Then crossed the very muddy Dordogne (a lot of silt washing down after the recent…(Read More)

Fliss, Tim’s wife is writing this tour’s blog, please forgive me if I go overboard on detail. I’m halfway through studying for the Diploma in Wine and can get a little overexcited about finer points of viticulture, vinification and appellation rules. On the way to the first visit Tim shared some fun…(Read More)

Final day in Bordeaux

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We had just enough time to fit in one last visit before our flight, so we headed to the nearest area of production – Pessac-Leognan – a mere 30 minutes from the hotel. The beautiful Chateau Bouscaut was our destination and we were hosted by the owners– Sophie and Laurent Cogombles-Lurton. Bouscaut is a classed…(Read More)

A day in Saint Emilion

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Saint Emilion was our destination for Friday and a glorious day of sunshine invited us to enjoy the delights of the Right Bank just as harvest was about to begin. Our first stop was at the classed growth Chateau Beau Séjour Bécot. The sorting table and crusher/destemmer was in full flow as…(Read More)

Tim at Chateau d'Yquem

Return to d’Yquem

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A stunning contrast was in store as we headed south of Bordeaux into the Graves, and more specifically into the famous areas of Sauternes and Barsac. This was a day of superb wines, fabulous historic buildings, a sublime fish lunch and an opportunity to experience at first hand the legendary Chateau d’Yquem and the…(Read More)

Bordeaux Wine Tour 2019 Chateau Giscours

Return to Bordeaux

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Our first Bordeaux tour of 2019 has begun and a monumental day got us off to a cracking start. From Bordeaux airport, we headed north into the Medoc and our first port of call was the famous and historic Chateau Giscours. Classified as a Third Growth in the 1855 Classification, Giscours has had a chequered…(Read More)