BORDEAUX

CHATEAU PICHON BARON, PAUILLAC

CHATEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE

BEAUTIFUL LUNCHES AT THE CHATEAUX

BORDEAUX

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BORDEAUX

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CHATEAU PICHON BARON, PAUILLAC

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CHATEAU SMITH HAUT LAFITTE

BEAUTIFUL LUNCHES AT THE CHATEAUX

BEAUTIFUL LUNCHES AT THE CHATEAUX

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THE BEAUTIFUL CITY OF BORDEAUX

BORDEAUX

A luxury wine tour to the epicentre of fine wine.

BORDEAUX IS OUR MOST POPULAR
DESTINATION FOR A REASON.

Over the 5 days and 4 nights you’ll discover the majestic Grands Crus chateaux of the Medoc, St. Emilion, Pomerol and Sauternes.

We visit the top estates, taste wines worth hundreds of dollars per bottle, dine with owners and winemakers, enjoy gastronomic meals at Michelin-starred restaurants and you’ll learn all about the intricacies of Bordeaux.

We stay at Les Sources de Caudalie, which has “palace” status, and is just a stone’s throw from Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, one of the top producers of both red and white wines. It really is heaven on earth for wine lovers.

I invite you to join us.

JAMES CLUER, MASTER OF WINE

Bordeaux Tour

AUG 31st - SEPT 4th 2020


Hosted by James Lawther, MW

$3,795 USD per person

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ABOUT THE TOUR & REGION

Visit the Holy Grail

Many consider Bordeaux to be the capital of the wine world.  Certainly it is home to many of the most famous and revered names, wines that dominate the auction scene, command the highest prices and have the greatest ageability.

We take you inside these exclusive chateaux to meet the people and taste the stunning wines.

Visit the Holy Grail

Many consider Bordeaux to be the capital of the wine world.  Certainly it is home to many of the most famous and revered names, wines that dominate the auction scene, command the highest prices and have the greatest ageability.

We take you inside these exclusive chateaux to meet the people and taste the stunning wines.

Hotel Les Sources de Caudalie

Hotel Les Sources de Caudalie

Replete with its own lake

Swans to admire over breakfast

Your Hotel is a Palace

You stay at Les Sources de Caudalie, a gorgeous hotel surrounded by vineyards. It is one of the few hotels in France to have “Palace” status.

We begin the tour with a Champagne reception and an overview of the Bordeaux region, preparing you for the days ahead. Our first visit is just steps from the hotel, at Smith Haut Lafitte, an incredible chateau whose wines have won 100 point scores.  A gourmet dinner with beautiful wines follows.

Chateaux Margaux

Chateaux Margaux

CHATEAU PALMER

CHATEAU PALMER

CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD, PAULLIAC

CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD, PAULLIAC

CHATEAU PICHON LALANDE, PAULLIAC

CHATEAU PICHON LALANDE, PAULLIAC

CHATAU COS D'ESTOURNEL, ST ESTEPHE

CHATEAU COS D’ESTOURNEL, ST ESTEPHE

Chateaux Margaux

CHATEAU PALMER

CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD, PAULLIAC

CHATEAU PICHON LALANDE, PAULLIAC

CHATEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL, ST ESTEPHE

1ST GROWTHS & ICON CHATEAUX

We spend a day in the Medoc, visiting the grand chateaux, always including one or two First Growths. Margaux, Lafite and Mouton open their doors, as do other stars in this aristocratic region.

Margaux, Mouton, Lafite, Palmer, Ducru, Pichons, Leovilles, Cos & more

Chateau Coutet

Yquem’s barrel cellar

NECTAR OF THE GODS

Chateau Climens

It doesn’t get sweeter

On the third day we head to Sauternes and visit some of the benchmark chateaux. Lunch, paired with multiple vintages of Sauternes is a heavenly experience, and learning about the production of this, maybe the best dessert wine in the world, is fascinating.

We are welcomed by the top estates, such as Chateaux d’Yquem, Coutet, Climens, Guiraud, & Suduiraut.

The medieval village of St Emilion

The main square in St Emilion

Chateau Pavie

CHEVAL BLANC

Chateau Petrus, Pomerol

Fine dining at Hostellerie de Plaisance

Medieval Villages & Historic Chateaux

St. Emilion and Pomerol, the world’s benchmarks for Merlot-based wines, fill the agenda on the 4th day.

We always visit some of the star chateaux like Chateaux Pavie, and then wrap-up with one of the best meals of your life at a 2-star Michelin restaurant in the medieval town of St. Emilion.

Pavie, Angelus, Cheval Blanc, Canon, La Conseillante, La Fleur Petrus & more

The medieval village of St Emilion

The main square in St Emilion

Chateau Pavie

CHEVAL BLANC

Chateau Petrus, Pomerol

Fine dining at Hostellerie de Plaisance

The art of barrel making

The craft of an artisan

The art of barrel making

Learn about the merchant Houses

The art of barrel making

Discover the role of the negociant

The Grand Finale

On the final day we watch barrels being made and delve deep into the art of grape growing. We also visit a major merchant House to marvel at their enormous stocks and learn about the en primeur system.  The tour is capped off with a lovely farewell lunch, and more delicious wines.

It’s an exceptional experience and you feel like you’ve seen the best of Bordeaux.

MEET YOUR HOST

Our Luxury Wine Tours in Bordeaux are guided by Master of Wine, James Lawther.

BORDEAUX, THE RHONE VALLEY
CHAMPAGNE & BURGUNDY
SPAIN

JAMES LAWTHER MW


Your host in France and Spain

Meet James

JAMES  Lawther is an independent wine writer based in Bordeaux. He is a contributing editor to Decanter magazine and writes for other international publications. He became a Master of Wine in 1993.

It would be rare to be as well-connected in Bordeaux as James, a respected figure in the wine world. He has lived there for over 20 years and written major books on the region. He also has a passion for Champagne, Burgundy and the Rhône, developed in the years he spent in Paris retailing wine at Steven Spurrier’s Caves de la Madeleine and lecturing at the Académie du Vin.

Today, he also participates as an international wine judge and is a Regional Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards, responsible for the judging of key categories. He has visited most of the wine regions in the world and can therefore bring a global perspective.

He is the author of The Heart of Bordeaux and The Finest Wines of Bordeaux and has contributed to a number of books including The Global Encyclopedia of Wine, Wines of the World and Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book.

James is warm and welcoming. He is keen to answer all your questions and tailor the experience to your own interests and needs, and always loves having a glass of wine or two.

Bordeaux Tour

AUG 31st - SEPT 4th 2020


Hosted by James Lawther, MW

$3,795 USD per person

Download full itineraryBook this Tour

UPCOMING BORDEAUX WINE TOUR

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Included in the price is 4 nights’ accommodation, at the 5-star Les Sources de Caudalie in Pessac-Leognan, all meals during the tour (except one free evening), all winery tours, all wines, local transport for the duration of the tour, and all taxes and gratuities.

Basically everything is included except your flights to and from Bordeaux, your transfer to the hotel, insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

PLANNING TIPS

Before the tour we will send you some useful pre-trip information to help you with your planning.

Here you’ll find advice on how to get there, tips on what to wear, other things to do in and around Bordeaux, details on the hotel, and what you might like to read in advance.

WEATHER

Spring and Fall are the ideal times to visit Bordeaux, avoiding the high heat of the summer.

TESTIMONIALS

Bordeaux - Nothing short of perfect!

“Fair weather or rainy weather, our gracious hosts provided us excellent company that I, for a moment, forgot that it’s raining outside. The weather could only hope to elevate what was already a hedonistic experience. Our tour in Bordeaux was nothing short of perfect. Clear, sunny skies greeted us on the first day at Les Sources de Caudalie and a big full moon over Saint Emilion waved us farewell before the last day, which was by no means the least. ”


M. WALKER UY, MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Bordeaux - Nothing short of excellent!

“I am delighted to recommend Fine Vintage Wine Tours. From start to finish, our Bordeaux trip was nothing short of excellent. James Cluer and James Lawther were entertaining and knowledgeable hosts making sure that all of the tour participants were well looked after. First class service, first class accommodations, first class dining, and most importantly, unparalleled access to some of the finest wines on the planet. Bravo! ”


BILL HOLDER, VANCOUVER, BC
Bordeaux - James Lawther was a terrific Host!

“Just a note to say how much Jacqui & myself enjoyed our recent trip to Bordeaux. James Lawther was a terrific Host, very knowledgeable, well organised & he looked after us very well. We certainly thought we received great value for money & we both look forward to doing the Burgundy & Italian Tours at a future time.”


DAVID LECKIE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Bordeaux - First class all the way!

“A special thank you to the Fine Vintage team for putting together such an unforgettable experience in Bordeaux! To give this trip a 10/10 would be a massive understatement as every aspect of the tour far exceeded my expectations. I was especially impressed with our host James Lawther as he has a wealth of knowledge of the Bordeaux region, which made the tour both entertaining and educational. My bucket list includes visiting every premium wine region of the world and I intend to do it with the Fine Vintage team – first class all the way! ”


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