An intimate view of the greatest wine region of all.
During the weekend, our base will be the stunning Château Pontet d’Eyrans situated in a peaceful setting, just ten minutes from Blaye.
Not only do we get to see the amazing châteaux and beautiful countryside – it should be pleasantly warm mid-summer – we get to meet some of our winemakers and experience first-hand, what life is like as a Bordeaux vigneron. We dine fabulously well, in sumptuous surroundings. We spend time in one of France’s most picturesque towns – now a UNESCO world heritage site. You will sense the sheer opulence and charm of this region; its people, scenery, food and, of course, powerful, intense, beguiling wines!
Friday night starts auspiciously. We meet the wonderful Baudet family in their beautiful 17th-century château in Blaye. We taste their range of lovely wines (red, white and rosé) and experience a wonderful four-course meal with ample helpings of wine, specially matched to the menu. The kind of experience money can’t buy!
Saturday continues just as auspiciously! We visit our St-Émilion vineyard, Château Cardinal Villemaurine and meet the affable Paul Carrille, who makes our Grand Cru and Lussac wines. His ancient cellars hewn out of limestone rock are amazing. After lunch in the historic town, which is on our doorstep, there is the opportunity of a guided tour of the cool, calm Monolithic church and catacombs. Others may prefer to explore the town itself, with its cobbled streets and boutique shops.
Sunday morning we take a mini tour of some of the famous, photogenic left-bank Grands Châteaux. Then on to our splendid Château Mongravey, who make our award-winning Margaux. It won’t be long before you are seduced by Karin Bernaleau and her utterly delicious wines. Afterwards, we enjoy a long, leisurely lunch at her favourite restaurant, with many vintages of Margaux to savour.
The event ends with a superb dinner at our hotel.
INCLUDES: 3 nights’ accommodation at Chateau Pontet d’Eyrans, dinner (with wine) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings; lunch (with wine) on Sunday; and coach transport on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.