"90+ Point" Wines of Saint Emilion and Pomerol Private Tour from Bordeaux

"90+ Point" Wines of Saint Emilion and Pomerol Private Tour from Bordeaux

An exploration of three outstanding wineries on the Right Bank

Tour type: Private , Duration: 8 Hours

Product ID: 50838
Description

Enjoy a comprehensive exploration of the Right Bank Bordeaux wine region with this full-day private wine tour.
 
American wine critic Robert Parker was the first to base himself on the US Standardized Grading system to grade wines making the buying process easier for consumers. According to this system, a wine that reaches at least 85 points is considered to be above average or good.What consumers usually don’t know is that this grading system results from a first grade out of 50. To that grade, instead of multiplying it by 2 to obtain the final grade out of 100 (the logical way to do it!) the system just adds another 50 points to the first grade. By using this system, a wine that obtains 35/50 on their first grade and that should reach 70/100, finally obtains 35+50=85 points. Imagine therefore a wine that obtains 20/50, the same wine will obtain a 70/100 letting consumers believe that in fact this is not such a ‘bad wine’.
 
This tour will bring you the best of Bordeaux wines by taking you to the wineries that have obtained a real 90+ point average. How is this possible? By combining the scores of 3 major wine tasting events/critics that have...

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Enjoy a comprehensive exploration of the Right Bank Bordeaux wine region with this full-day private wine tour.
 
American wine critic Robert Parker was the first to base himself on the US Standardized Grading system to grade wines making the buying process easier for consumers. According to this system, a wine that reaches at least 85 points is considered to be above average or good.What consumers usually don’t know is that this grading system results from a first grade out of 50. To that grade, instead of multiplying it by 2 to obtain the final grade out of 100 (the logical way to do it!) the system just adds another 50 points to the first grade. By using this system, a wine that obtains 35/50 on their first grade and that should reach 70/100, finally obtains 35+50=85 points. Imagine therefore a wine that obtains 20/50, the same wine will obtain a 70/100 letting consumers believe that in fact this is not such a ‘bad wine’.
 
This tour will bring you the best of Bordeaux wines by taking you to the wineries that have obtained a real 90+ point average. How is this possible? By combining the scores of 3 major wine tasting events/critics that have put quality before reputation or price. Most of the wineries selected you will never have heard of, and many do not offer top of the notch tasting rooms. In fact most of these wineries are not used to having visitors, as their main activity is to make wine! However, they do have one thing in common: create the Best of Bordeaux wines!
 
After being picked up by your driver/guide, you will head towards the right bank wine producing areas of the Bordeaux vineyards. Fronsac, Saint Emilion, Pomerol, Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux are all appellations located on the right bank. The two most famous appellations are without a doubt Saint Emillion and Pomerol.
 
Saint Emilion centers on the commune of the same name. There are several villages around the region that share the Saint-Émilion name, such as Montagne-Saint-Émilion and St-Georges-Saint-Émilion, and are permitted to label their wines under the same name. Merlot is the dominant grape in this area, followed by Cabernet Franc. The climate and damper, cool soils of the area make it difficult for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to fully ripen and as such is less often used. The wines take a little longer to mature than the ones in Pomerol but are still able to be drunk relatively young for a Bordeaux (4–8 years). In favorable vintages the wines have a good aging potential.
 
Pomerol was first cultivated by the Romans during their occupation of the area. Up until the early 20th century the area was known mostly for its white wine production. The wines of Pomerol have a high composition of Merlot in their blends and are considered the gentlest and least tannic and acidic of Bordeaux wines. Cabernet Franc, known in this area as Bouchet, is the second leading grape and helps to contribute to the dark, deep coloring that is typical of Pomerol wines. Due to the reduced tannins found in these wines, they can typically be drunk much younger than other red Bordeaux. The chateaus in the area are not classified, with the winemakers seemingly disinclined to devise one, although Pétrus is often unofficially grouped with the First Growths of Bordeaux.
 
You will visit three carefully selected wineries located in different appellations and taste selected vintages that have obtained at least 90 points from several renowned wine critics. All visits will consist in a short introduction of the history of the wineries followed by a visit of all the technical installations. Finally, experience commented wine tasting sessions of the Chateau wines so as to better understand what are the specificities that have allowed the wines to obtain such high rankings. 

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About this activity
Tour Timings
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Group size
2 - 8
Languages
English, French
The meeting point
Your hotel or cruise ship in Bordeaux / Bassens ports of call

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Includes
  • Visits to 3 selected wineries 
  • Commented wine tastings
  • English speaking driver guide – wine expert
  • Transportation in fully equipped minivan
  • Bottles of water in the minivan
  • Free Wifi access on board
  • Hotel pick-up from Bordeaux
  • Tasting fees in the wineries
  • Entrance fees to museums, monuments or attractions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Pick-up outside Bordeaux (up to 50km) - extra €100

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Payment Policy

A deposit of 30% on booking confirmation with balance to be made at least 30 days prior to 1st day of the tour.

Currency conversion is supplied as a guide only; the exchange rate used by your bank may vary. The final payment will be charged in the local or original local currency shown.


Cancellation Policy

  • 91+ days prior to departure, cancellation charge: 20 € pp
  • 59-30 days prior to departure, cancellation charge: 30% of booked fare
  • 29-15 days prior to departure, cancellation charge: 75% of booked fare
  • 14 days or less prior to departure, cancellation charge: 100% of booked fare

Organized by

Nancy

After 15 years of working for International Tour Operators in France and abroad as a professional tour guide, I decided to create small group tours in 2005. Ever since, I organize, design and conduct with a team of accredited Guide/Drivers small group wine tours in all the main wine growing regions of France


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