ME­DOC 1855, OUT­STAND­ING GRANDS CRUS CLASSES

Bordeaux Wine Trip - - Wine & Food -

1855 is a magic date for Bordeaux wine lovers, and a spe­cial tour has been de­vised just for them. Un­der­taken at the re­quest of Napoléon III and un­changed since 1855, the fa­mous 1855 clas­si­fi­ca­tion of the wines of Bordeaux of­fi­cially recog­nised 86 es­tates, and di­vided them into 5 cat­e­gories (first, sec­ond, third, fourth, and fifth growths). These are lo­cated in the Mé­doc, in Sauternes and Barsac, and, one of them (Château Haut-brion) in the Graves. Ten of these great growths*, among the most fa­mous in Bordeaux, are wel­com­ing vis­i­tors on Wed­nes­day from May to Oc­to­ber on a ro­tat­ing ba­sis.

Pro­gram: 09.15 am: de­par­ture from the Bordeaux Tourist Of­fice. 10.30 am: the first stop on the tour fo­cuses on the no­tions of ter­roir and blend­ing, fol­lowed by a tast­ing of 2 wines. 12.00 am: wine­mak­ing is ex­plained in the sec­ond château, where vis­i­tors also learn first-hand about match­ing food and wine at a sit-down lunch with sev­eral cour­ses in the clas­sic French tra­di­tion! 03.30 pm: the his­tory of the clas­si­fi­ca­tion is ex­plained at the third château, as well as the un­usual way these wines are sold in Bordeaux. There will also be a tast­ing of two wines. 06.30 pm: ar­rival in Bordeaux. Full-day guided coach tour leav­ing from Bordeaux (French and English). In­cluded: guide, trans­port, vis­its, tast­ing and lunch. 25 per­sons max. *Châteaux : Las­combes & Mar­quis de Terme (Mar­gaux), Léoville Poy­ferré, Branaire-ducru & La­grange (Saint-julien), de Ca­men­sac & Can­te­merle (Haut-mé­doc), La­fon-ro­chet (Sain­tEstèphe), Pi­chon Baron & Lynch-mous­sas (Pauil­lac).

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