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 this year.
09.15 am: departure by coach from the Bordeaux Tourist Office. During the travel the bilingual guide (French & English) presents the Bordeaux vineyards, especially Medoc.
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 pm: Winemaking is explained in the second château, where visitors also learn first-hand about pairing 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 at the Bordeaux Tourist Office.
*Virtually, but not entirely unchanged! In 1973, Baron Philippe de Rothschild succeeded in promoting Château Mouton Rothschild from second growth to the very exclusive club of first growths.
**Liste des châteaux : château Lascombes, château Marquis de Terme, château Ferrière, château Cantenac-Brown, château Dauzac, château Prieuré-Lichine (Margaux), château Léoville Poyferré, château Branaire-Ducru & château Lagrange (Saint-Julien), château de Camensac & château Cantemerle (Haut-Médoc), Lafon-Rochet (Saint-Estèphe), château Haut-Bages Libéral & château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac).
For over 8 persons please contact the Bordeaux Tourist Office by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to check availibility.
Tour organised by the Bordeaux Tourist Office
Appointment : 9.00 am Bordeaux Tourist Office 12 cours du XXX Juillet
On Wednesdays, from 15. May to 16. October 2019, from 9.15 am to 6.30 pm.
The price includes : the guide bilingual guide (French & English), the coach transportation, guided visits of the wine-making facilities at three wineries,2 wine tastings at each of them and lunch (statrter, main dish, desert and wine).
This tour is not available for minors under 18
Pets are not accepted.
Price does not include : personal expenses
From 5 to 25 people accepted