Commanderie de Bordeaux Only

May 25 – June 1, 2018


Trip Highlights: 

  • Private tours & tastings in Bordeaux’s crème de la crème wineries:*
          At least two of the 1855 Classification’s 1st-Growths, two of the 2nd Growths, & two of the 3rd Growths
          A minimum of four of the top chateaux in St Emilion’s Classification
          Two highly-esteemed Pomerol producers (no Classification system)
    ·      At least one Premier Cru Sauternes visit

  • Private winemaker dinners
  • Lodging in Grand-Cru chateaux
*Examples of these highly regarded chateaux are given in the itinerary below.   Because it is >18 months in advance, the exact chateaux may vary due to the winemakers’ travel schedules.  That being said, this trip will showcase only the most elite wine properties of the Bordeaux region.  If there are any substitutions, they will be like for like.

~    I T I N E R A R Y   ~

May 24, 2018:  
Last day possible to leave the USA

You are strongly encouraged to leave at two or three days early to avoid any missed connections with the group, and to allow extra time for adjusting to jet lag.   (Early arrival hotel space can be arranged.)

May 25:   France's Most Beautiful Wine Village

Our Grand Cru chateau is just a walk through the vineyards from St Emilion


Morning:  FREE

Afternoon:  The trip begins early afternoon in downtown Bordeaux (which is easily reached by air, or high-speed rail from Paris).  We’ll head east to charming St Emilion, home of the globe’s most revered Merlot-based wines.  Our first tasting, however, will be in nearby Pomerol at one of the area’s highly regarded chateau.

Evening:  Private dinner at Chateau Angelus in St Emilion.

May 26:   Pomerol vs. St. Emilion

Morning:  Today we’ll meet with one of France’s most famous wine consultants (he works with > 100 international wineries across the globe).  The private seminar will focus on the differences between St Emilion and Pomerol.

Afternoon:  Private tasting at another super-star among St Emilion’s vintners.

Evening:  Tasting at one of St Emilion’s Premier Grand Cru Chateau, followed by a Michelin star dinner.

Today we’ll learn about the nuances between these two districts

27:   St. Emilion (the Village, the Saint & the Wine)

The town is a medieval treasure trove


Morning:  Today we’ll walk through our chateau’s vineyards to the nearby town.  Named after a Saint who supposedly turned water into wine, this special hilltop village has much to offer for the history and architecture buff.  With a local expert, we’ll be led on a private tour of the church built to honor the namesake Saint.

Afternoon:  Free time to enjoy the quintessential wine town.   Then a private tasting at an up-and-coming chateau that has recently discovered the oldest bottle in all of Bordeaux.

Evening:  Dinner at a chateau with a young Grand Cru winemaker who has of late received many of the area’s top awards.

May 28:   A Sweet Ending in Sauternes

Morning:  Free morning.

Afternoon:  We’ll kick off our last day on the Right Bank with a private tasting at another well-loved Pomerol estate, and finish at one of St Emilion’s Grand Crus.

Evening:  Dinner tonight we’ll be a private event at one of Sauterne’s most revered chateaux.

An outstanding Sauternes will finish this star-studded day

29:   Stay in a Fairy-Tale Grand Cru Chateau

Beychevelle’s impressive gardens are among the most beautiful in Bordeaux


Morning:  It may be difficult to tear yourself away from magical St Emilion, however, today we head to one of the First Growths of the 1855 Classification, Chateau Haut Brion.  Located in the Graves district on the Left Bank, we’ll taste the powerful influence of the area’s gravel terroir.

Afternoon:  Next we’ll head north to the epicenter of Cabernet-based wines, the Medoc.  This area boasts the largest chateaux and some of the priciest vineyard real estate in the world.   We’ll kick off our arrival in the Medoc at Chateau Margaux for a private tasting.

Chateau Beychevelle, one of the esteemed Grand Cru wineries, has been leased and will be our home base for the next three nights.  Known as the “Versailles of the Medoc,” Beychevelle is one of the most stunning winemaking chateaux in France.

Evening:  There’s simply no better way to celebrate the first day in the Medoc than with the winemaker of Chateau Beychevelle in the opulent formal dining room of the castle.

30:   World-Class Cabernets in Pauillac

Morning:  Today we’ll visit an amazing tiny village…until 10 years ago the entire hamlet lay in ruin and was completely deserted.  The village was rescued by one of Bordeaux’s leading winemaking families and now offers a General Store with beautiful gifts for the food and wine lover, a good deli, and a well-regarded restaurant.

Afternoon:  A visit to the Medoc without a visit to Mouton Rothchild is impossible for any wine aficionado.  The Chateau’s museum of wine objects d’art is an absolute must.   The museum visit we’ll be followed by a private tasting.  Then, we’ll compare Mouton to another nearby well-known Classified Growth.

Evening:  Many of the Commanderie requested a “free evening” on this trip and tonight will be free.   There are several noteworthy restaurants in the area, and there is also a possibility for a “pot luck” at Beychevelle (a nearby market has terrific pâtés & terrines, heavenly cheeses, smoked salmon, and other items for a chateau picnique).

Mouton Rothschild’s collection of wine-related art is mind-blowing

31:   Blending Seminar

Small teams will make their own Grand Cru


Morning:  Free time to organize your luggage for tomorrow’s departure.

Afternoon:  Our last sips of the Left Bank will begin with a Blending Seminar at Chateau Lagrange.   We’ll be divided into teams---each team will work with different varietals to make their own blend.   Finally, we’ll visit another of the exceptional Classified Growths such as Leoville Barton.

Evening:  The final night of this trip will require something very special…and we have the perfect venue.  Our farewell dinner will be a private affair at the stupendous Chateau Pichon Baron.

June 1
:   Bon Voyage
The trip officially ends after breakfast.  Transfers can be arranged to nearby Bordeaux (where there are frequent air and rail connections to Paris, as well as other major European cities).

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