St. Emilion


Bordeaux, France is is home to magnificent medieval, renaissance, and Chartreuse Chateaux estates with traditional cellar and state of the art processing, as well a smaller artisanal family domaines which produce some of the best wines in the world.

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc are the main red grapes varieties in Bordeaux.  They produce fruity, full bodied, round, powerful, and elegant wines. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon predominate among the fine sweet dessert whites. Chateau Yquem Sauternes are among the most famous.


Our custom tailored private tour itineraries include immersive vineyard experiences, which include, barrel tastings, walks in the vines, vertical tastings, gastronomic pairing lunches and picnics. 

We will pick you up at your hotel or the train station if coming from Paris. The TGV fast train takes 2 hours.  Within the Bordeaux wine region, there are numerous appellations so you can select the route according to your taste and interest and we'll plan a personalised tour around that.  If staying overnight, we recommend staying at vineyard hotels to get the most out of your wine adventure and not in the city.

Our itineraries will include visits to wineries:

 •  Situated in the areas classified with the finest growths.
 •  Produce highly ranked and reviewed cuvees.
 •  Offer a warm welcome in English.
 •  Built with interesting architecture.

Route Options

Left Bank
Route 1
Médoc - (St-Estephe, Pauillac, St-Julien, Margaux)
Route 2
Visit the oldest Medieval Chateau estate built by a Pope in Pessac Leognan
Lunch in Irancy or Chablis
Route 3
Immersive visit and pairing lunch at a great estate in Margaux

Right Bank
Route 4
Saint Emilion + Pomerol

Sample Itineraries

Visit 1
Depart Bordeaux St Jean train station or airport
Visit 2
Visit the oldest Medieval Chateau estate built by a Pope in Pessac Leognan
Lunch in Irancy or Chablis
Visit 3
Immersive visit and pairing lunch at a great estate in Margaux
Visit 4
Walk in the vines and vertical tasting in Pauillac

Left Bank - St Emilion & Pomerol

Wines made in these AOCs tend to be Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominant. Merlot originally from Aquitaine, is the most common grape variety in the Bordelaise vineyards.  It is blended most of the time with Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, the oldest grape variety, for freshness and finesse with notes of raspberry and violet. Merlot brings color intensity, suppleness, and fleshy red fruit aromas such as plum, blackcurrant, cherry, fig, violet and sometimes toasted scents from wines that have been aged in oak. These wines that can be enjoyed young without a long ageing process.

Most of the 15 Premiere Cru Classé St. Emilion wines comes from the estates located on the Cotes. The Cotes is the limestone, rich, hillsides that surround the little village of St. Emilion. The 2012 classification names 82 estates: 64 Grands Crus classés and 18 Premiers Grands Crus classés.


The town of Saint Emilion, its vineyards and 200 kilometers of underground galleries under the village is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list as a Cultural Landscape. Formerly known as Ascumbas, St. Emilion is named after the Benedictine monk from Brittany, Emilian who came to seek refuge in the local caves & forest during the 8th century. The monks who followed him started commercial wine production in the area even though vines were grown here prior to the Roman invasion.

Saint-Emilion wines are promoted by the Jurade, the oldest wine brotherhood in France, created in 1199 by King John of England who delegated his powers to the noblemen of the region and the village. In 1383, the Order of the Cordeliers, founded by Saint Francis of Assisi, were permitted to build a church and cloister inside the town where they lived and worked up to the French revolution in 1789. The Romanesque architecture is well preserved in the town’s Medieval Citadel, where visitors enjoy the Cloisters, monastery, Bell Tower, gardens and underground wine-cellars, which store the white and rosé sparkling Cremant wine using the “traditional method” that has been made there since 1892 from local grapes.

St. Emilion Grand Cru Classé Aromas

Small red fruit, fig, cooked prune, rose, peony, and toasted almond.

Pomerol Aromas

Violet, red berries, truffles, and game.

Right Bank Medoc

Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Margaux

The Médoc lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the left bank of the Gironde estuary. It is made up of 3 kinds of terroirs: Garonne gravel, Pyrenean gravel, and clay and limestone soils.  Situate at the 45th parallel, the temperate oceanic climate here encourages vine growth in small domaines and vast wine estates.

Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its structure, tannins as well as intense aromas of blackcurrant, liquorice, and after some ageing the finesse of underwood. Thanks to its low alcohol content, this grape has a great capacity to age. Cabernet Sauvignon was a formerly a cross between Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. 

5 Châteaux are classed as Firsts, 14 as Seconds, 14 as Thirds, 10 as Fourths and 18 as Fifths, spread over 5 of the 8 AOC appellations of the Médoc (Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Margaux & Haut-Médoc) and one in the Graves region.

Pauillac Aromas : Blackcurrant, Plum, cigar box, tobacco, pencil, and cedar.
Saint-Julien Aromas : Blueberry, blackcurrant, blackberry, plum, tobacco, and licorice.
Margaux Aromas : Raspberry, cherry, and currant, but also floral, spicy, and roasted aromas

Right Bank Graves


Pessac-Léognan is in the northern part of the Graves (gravel), along the Garonne river, and represent the oldest wine-growing region of Bordeaux. Its hilly relief is made up of unique gravel deposits made up of red, pink and multi color quartz and quartzites, which came to to rest here millions of years ago. The soils under the Graves is diverse, and create the nuances and various expression of each winemaker found in the great wines of Pessac-Léognan. The vines also benefit from two natural regulators. To the east, the Garonne river which softens the frost and, to the west, the forest, which acts as a wind barrier and keeps up humidity levels. 

Red wine from Graves was known as Claret and loved by the English during the 300 years that Aquitaine was under English rule. Pessac-Léognan is home to Château Pape Clément, the oldest property in Bordeaux,  founded in 1306 and Château Haut-Brion, the first château of international renown in the mid 1600s.

Red Aromas : Toasted almonds aromas of ripe fruit, currants, and violet.

White Aromas : Broom blossom, hazelnut, citrus, acacia, beeswax, peach, and nectarine


Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon predominate among the whites. The main grape variety of the Sauternes and Barsac AOC is the golden Semillon. Its skin favors the development of noble rot. Full-bodied & round, Semillon brings aromatic finesse, rich texture, and complexity to the wines. Sauvignon Blanc makes up the other 20%, which brings an acidity and aromatic richness to the wines.

Sauternes and Barsac enjoy a unique microclimate.  At the meeting point of the Garonne and the Ciron rivers, a unique condensation  forms and covers the entire vineyard, allowing the development of the Noble Rot “Botrytis cinerea”. The autumnal mists followed by sunny days are favorable to the development of this fungus, which settles on the very ripe grapes and creates the sweet characteristic  and aromas richness of Sauternes and Barsac wines.

Three stand-out local foods, which pair well with the sweet Sauternes are duck foie gras, Canelé - a little cake with a rich, custardy interior, and a thin, caramelized exterior, and Macarons, the original recipe created by the nuns of Saint Ursuline in Saint Emilion, back in the 1600s.

For these fine dessert wines, 1 Château is classed as a Superior First Growth, 11 as Firsts and 15 as Seconds

Sauternes Aromas: Almond, quince, mango, pineapple, roasted peach, dried apricot, and passion fruit, beeswax, almond, and hazelnut.

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