This tour of Beaujolais wine is devoted to the glories of the Gamay grape in the 10 crus of the Beaujolais, ignoring Beaujolais Nouveau and Villages. The level of comfort reflects the character of the region: no super luxurious hotels and only one restaurant with a Michelin star. That is in keeping with these terroirs: modest, honest, and with terrific value to be found in the right places. This tour covers the Graves area of Pessac-Leognan, Sauternes and Barsac, then into the Libournais, to Pomerol, and St. Emilion. The venue for the tastings will be determined according to the producers’ commitments at the time. For those of you who wish to stock your cellars here, Paris Luxury Tours also provides facilities for shipping your purchases home.
We begin our tour with a three hour TGV (high speed train) ride to Bordeaux, from where your personal bilingual guide will drive you through the city’s suburbs for your first tasting at either first growth chateau Haut Brion or its sister cru classe La Mission Haut Brion. We then proceed to Martillac to the one star Sources de Caudalie restaurant/hotel, where you will have a lunch in which the wines of Pessac-Leognan feature prominently. After lunch we will drive to Leognan where we will have our second tasting at either of the cru classe Domaine de Chevalier or chateau de Fieuzal. Later in the afternoon we will pass into the Sauterne region for a tasting at the Premier Grand Cru Classe chateau d’Yquem or the Premier Cru Classe chateau La Tour Blanche. Our last tasting of the day will be at Barsac at either of the Premier Cru chateau Climens or Coutet, before we drive to St.-Emilion, where we will check into the Hostellerie de Plaisance, our headquarters for the rest of this tour. Dinner will be at the hotel’s starred restaurant, with St.-Emilion wines are prominently featured.
Our second day begins in St. Emilion with a tasting at either of first growths chateau Cheval Blanc or chateau Ausone. Later in the morning we continue in St. Emilion with another tasting at either of first growths chateau Angelus or Figeac. We will have lunch in the village of St. Emilion at the Clos du Roy restaurant, before departing for Pomerol our first afternoon tasting at either chateau Petrus or chateau Trotanoy. Our second Pomerol tasting will be at either chateau La Conseillante or L’Evangile. We will reserve some time in the evening for a stroll through the ancient and beautiful town of St. Emilion, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For dinner, we will return to the hotel.
Our third day begins in St. Georges St. Emilion with a tasting at the chateau St. Georges, after which we pass back into St. Emilion for a tasting at chateau Monbousquet. After lunch at the Tertre Restaurant in the town of St. Emilion, we will have our final St. Emilion tasting at the vigorous chateau La Terte Roteboeuf. Afterward, we decamp for the city of Bordeaux, where there is time for a sight-seeing visit prior to catching the TGV back to Paris.