Medoc 1855 Classification Premium Wine Tasting Day Trip And Lunch - Bordeaux

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:15 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Tourist Information Office, 12 Cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux, France
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Taste your way through the famous Mdoc wine region on this full-day wine tour from Bordeaux. At three different chteaux, youll sample premium red wines that gave Mdoc its prestigious reputation with the 1855 Bordeaux classification. Your expert guide will give you the inside scoop on Bordeaux's rich winemaking heritage: learn about the regions and classification, discover the art of food and wine pairing, learn how to read a French wine label and more. Enjoy a typical French lunch at the second chteau you visit.

Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Free drinks included
  • Lunch included
  • Led by a local guide

Know More about this tour

Board the air-conditioned coach at the Bordeaux Tourist Office in the morning and get ready for your full-day wine tour of Mdoc. Your guide will give you an overview of Bordeaux as you travel along the left bank of the Gironde Estuary to the famous Mdoc wine region.

Wine connoisseurs may be familiar with the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. This prestigious placement resulted from the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris, when Emperor Napoleon III requested a classification system for France's best Bordeaux wines. Thereafter, chteaux were ranked in order of the quality of their wines.

Throughout the day, you'll visit three chteau wine estates to taste these premium Bordeaux reds. As you savor a variety of these celebrated wines, your guide will teach you all about Bordeaux winemaking.

For your first visit of the day, learn about terroir the characteristics expressed by geography, geology and climate and the different grape varieties used throughout Bordeaux, especially cabernet sauvignon, which is the most prominent in Mdoc. Trace the winemaking process from vine to bottle and learn how to decipher a French wine label. You'll also discover the art of food and wine pairing.

At the second chteau, receive an introduction to the art of wine tasting before you're served a typical French lunch to enjoy with your fellow wine lovers. Your final chteau visit will focus on the 1855 classification; what it is, how it began and how it still affects the modern-day wine trade.

The exact chteaux visited on the tour may vary but will be three of the following: Chteau Prieur Lichine, Chteau Loville Poyferr, Chteau Lynch-Bages, Chteau Lagrange, Chteau Cantenac Brown, Chteau Lascombes, Chteau Camensac, Chteau Branaire Ducru, Chteau Lynch-Moussas, Chteau Pichon Longueville Baron, Chteau Brane Cantenac, and Chteau Cantemerle.

After your third visit, relax on the ride back to Bordeaux, where your full-day wine tour ends.

Inclusions

Wine tastings

Lunch

Professional guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Please note the tour is conducted in English and French at the same time

Minimum age is 18 years

A minimum of 5 persons is required to confirm the tour

The size of the group is 25 people maximum

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 15-Nov-2019

    The tour in general was good. The chateaux visited did provide us with a very good knowledge on wine and wine making. The lunch included was also good. If the organiser could use a bigger van so it won't be so congested, the guide did not need to speak in English then followed by French, I'd give it a 5-star.

  • 16-Sep-2019

    We had a great day in Medoc! And having taking this and a tour of St Emilion from the same company, I would recommend Medoc over St Emilion
    We had a bus load of participants speaking various languages. Our guide provided French and English versions of the events of the day.
    All stops were well planned out with little repetitive stories from each winery. Very much appreciated!
    And the wine was great with excellent 2nd classe wines.
    Lunch at winery 2 was delicious with generous wine pours.
    If you have to choose between Medoc and St Emilion, choose Medoc. You won't regret it!

  • 28-Sep-2017

    The voucher redeem instruction needs be more clear. Nowhere on the instruction told we should go tourist office to print the actual ticket.

  • 02-Oct-2016

    After 4 or 5 previous small group wine tours in BDX, I was very pleased with the wineries visited, including one 2d growth. The Viator guide and the winery guides were very good, providing a lot of information in fluent French and English. I recommend this tour highly.

  • 30-Jun-2016

    This tour was good for a large group tour.

  • 06-Jun-2016

    Fantastic tour, exceeded my expectations. Not only were the Chateaus chosen were grand and impressive, but the reception was elegant, the tour itself extremely informative, and the host very gracious. The guide and driver were professional and very helpful. Thank you for a great memory.

  • 02-Jul-2015

    I have to say I had much higher expectations for this tour. I specifically came to Bordeaux to visit left bank and had a nice visit but could have been better. To start, we were to meet at the tourism office. We arrived well in advance and no one knew anything about Viator. We nearly missed the tour until we realized that we were with a large group mixed with another tour company on a coach. No one called our names, no one looked for us. Not off to a good start.

    The first winery was pleasant, the second excellent. No complaints about the lunch. Very well done.

    The 3rd winery was a complete waste of time. I'm not sure why you would take us to a Grand Cru winery that specializes in Merlot on a left bank tour....clearly I will go to St Emillion for this.

    The tour promises English...and it is available but the tour is both French and English so you have to hear everything twice. And some of the English content was lost. At the second winery the host did not feel comfortable speaking English so didn't....at first our tour guide was whispering the translation until another guest insisted that we be able to hear the whole thing in English....a little frustrating that we would need to insist.

    Lastly, from the picture it looks like your going to visit really beautiful chateaus. I was disappointed that none of the ones we visited were anything to look at from the outside. We did pull off the road in the bus for 30 seconds so we could take a picture through the glass of the bus.

    It was okay....the lunch really saved the tour for me.

  • 26-May-2015

    Excellent guide. very informative trip. The lunch was delicious and there was an opportunity to taste some Grand Cru Classe top growth wines. I highly recommend this tour. good value

  • 15-Oct-2014

    A large bus of people, not as intimate as I expected. The guide appeared irritated with having to lead another wine tour.

  • 17-Sep-2014

    Lovely day great guide .

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