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Overview

Sample some of the best of the French wine world with a full-day wine tour of the fabled Médoc region from Bordeaux. With an expert guide, visit three châteaux for wine tastings where you'll sip firsthand the wines giving this region its worldwide reputation since the 1855 Bordeaux classification. Learn about the appellations and classification system for wine, get insider tips on pairing food with wine, find out how to decode a French wine label and more. At the second château of the day, dig into a traditional French lunch.
  • Full-day Médoc wine tour from Bordeaux
  • Wine taste at three prestigious château estates in the Médoc wine region
  • Discover the significance behind the 1855 classification of Médoc’s red wines (ranked among the best in Bordeaux)
  • Get an in-depth look at winemaking, including how to pair wine with food
  • Enjoy a traditional French lunch with your guide and fellow wine lovers at the second château
Meet your guide outside the Bordeaux Tourist Office and climb into a comfortable air-conditioned coach for your full-day tour of the Médoc region. As you make your way out of the city, get an introduction to Bordeaux wines. Enjoy the scenic views of the Gironde Estuary en route.

Learn how this region's wines were first classified after the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris, when Emperor Napoleon III wanted to be able to distinguish between wines of different quality. Thus the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 was born, with châteaux ranked by the quality of the wine they produced. During this day tour, visit three Médoc châteaux to sample some of the wines that still use the 1855 classification system.
At the first château, find out how things like climate and geology — the terroir — inform the wine. Learn about the different varietals of grapes used to make Bordeaux's famous wines. In particular in the Médoc region, it's Cabernet Sauvignon. Learn how to read a French wine label, how to pair food with wine, and all the steps that go into making wine.
At the second château, learn some of the secrets to wine tasting before enjoying a traditional French lunch. At the third château, learn more about the specifics of the 1855 classification. Hear about its origins and history and how it still has a major impact on wine-making today. After the visit to the third wine estate, climb back into the coach and enjoy the scenic ride back to Bordeaux.
The châteaux you visit during the tour will vary, but the three will be among this list: Château Prieuré Lichine, Château Léoville Poyferré, Château Lynch-Bages, Château Lagrange, Château Cantenac Brown, Château Lascombes, Château Camensac, Château Branaire Ducru, Château Lynch-Moussas, Château Pichon Longueville Baron, Château Brane Cantenac, and Château Cantemerle.

Reviews

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s
, Sep 2017

The voucher redeem instruction needs be more clear. Nowhere on the instruction told we should go tourist office to print the actual ticket.

A
, Oct 2016

After 4 or 5 previous small group wine tours in BDX, I was very pleased with the wineries visited, including one 2d growth. The Viator guide and the winery guides were very good, providing a lot of information in fluent French and English. I recommend this tour highly.

R
, Jun 2016

This tour was good for a large group tour.

A
, Jun 2016

Fantastic tour, exceeded my expectations. Not only were the Chateaus chosen were grand and impressive, but the reception was elegant, the tour itself extremely informative, and the host very gracious. The guide and driver were professional and very helpful. Thank you for a great memory.

j
, Jul 2015

I have to say I had much higher expectations for this tour. I specifically came to Bordeaux to visit left bank and had a nice visit but could have been better. To start, we were to meet at the tourism office. We arrived well in advance and no one knew anything about Viator. We nearly missed the tour until we realized that we were with a large group mixed with another tour company on a coach. No one called our names, no one looked for us. Not off to a good start.

The first winery was pleasant, the second excellent. No complaints about the lunch. Very well done.

The 3rd winery was a complete waste of time. I'm not sure why you would take us to a Grand Cru winery that specializes in Merlot on a left bank tour....clearly I will go to St Emillion for this.

The tour promises English...and it is available but the tour is both French and English so you have to hear everything twice. And some of the English content was lost. At the second winery the host did not feel comfortable speaking English so didn't....at first our tour guide was whispering the translation until another guest insisted that we be able to hear the whole thing in English....a little frustrating that we would need to insist.

Lastly, from the picture it looks like your going to visit really beautiful chateaus. I was disappointed that none of the ones we visited were anything to look at from the outside. We did pull off the road in the bus for 30 seconds so we could take a picture through the glass of the bus.

It was okay....the lunch really saved the tour for me.

D
, Jun 2015

Excellent guide. very informative trip. The lunch was delicious and there was an opportunity to taste some Grand Cru Classe top growth wines. I highly recommend this tour. good value

P
, Oct 2014

A large bus of people, not as intimate as I expected. The guide appeared irritated with having to lead another wine tour.

L
, Sep 2014

Lovely day great guide .

P
, Aug 2014

Good,especially the vist on Branaire Ducru, where we got an excellent lunch at the chateau with excellent wines and a professional presentation. But also Chateau Lascombe and Lynche-Bages gave good presentations. Unfortunately none of the Chateaus gave tastings on mature wines or good years.

Downside was that it was announced as an English speaking tour, but much time was spend on 2 (out of 23) only French speaking guests.

Additionally, the tourguide didn't add value,and spend much time on smalltaking with the frenchspeaking guests and the Chateau representatives- much of which didn't make it to the English translation.

With a good guide, the tour might have been worth the cost.

o
, Nov 2011

Wonderful tour and a great value with visits and tasting to top Chateau. A great tour for new visitors to the Left Bank. The lunch was fantastic and the choice of Chateau just wonderful. All in all just a perfect start to our first visit to Bordeaux.


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