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 history but over the past twenty years has shown itself to be a model of quality and consistency.
We explored the beautiful house and gardens and took a diversion through the old cellars. There was a note of tension in the air as the harvest is about to begin and there is a close eye on the weather at this critical time.
Reaching the tasting room, we settled into a rather super lineup of wines accompanied by Saint Nectaire and Comte cheese.
A Bordeaux Rose 2018 in magnum warmed up our palates, followed by La Sirene 2014 – the second label of the estate.
We concluded with a trio of vintages: 2011, 2008 and the legendary 2005 – which brilliantly showcased the quality and elegant style of Chateau Giscours.
We continued north, taking in Chateau Margaux, to the village of Arcins and the restaurant Le Lion d’Or. Having tucked in to a delicious prosciutto salad, perfectly stuffed quail and a coffee with a selection of tasty sweeties we continued north.
This was a wonderful drive as we witnessed some of the best known Chateaux including Palmer, Latour, Lascombes, Grand-Puy-Ducasse to name but four.
The highly esteemed Cru Bourgeois estate Chateau Larose Trintaudon was our final stop. Comprising Ch Larose Trintaudon, Ch Larose Perganson, Ch Arnauld and Ch Tour de Pez, they make an impressive volume of very accessible wine. In the cellar we learned a wealth of useful information that highlighted their commitment to quality and then headed into the pretty Chateau for a tasting.
We contrasted the 2014 vintage from three estates, tasted a 2008 and finished with a wonderful magnum of Larose Trintaudon 2003. A great end and yet the day wasn’t over.
Back at the hotel it was a quick turn round before heading out for a very convivial dinner at La Brasserie Bordelaise – an iconic Bordeaux eaterie.