MEDOC 1855, OUTSTANDING GRANDS CRUS CLASSES
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. Fourteen 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. Limited to 25 persons. *Châteaux : Cantenac-brown, Lascombes, Ferrière, Prieuré-lichine, Dauzac & Marquis de Terme (Margaux), Léoville Poyferré, Branaire-ducru & Lagrange (Saint-julien), de Camensac & Cantemerle (Haut-médoc), Lafon-rochet (Saint-estèphe), Lynch-moussas & Haut-bages Libéral (Pauillac). This tour is organized by the Bordeaux Tourist Office.