"90+ Point" Wines of the Medoc and Graves Private Tour from Bordeaux

"90+ Point" Wines of the Medoc and Graves Private Tour from Bordeaux

Enjoy a full day journey through the Medoc wine region

Tour type: Private , Duration: 8 Hours

Product ID: 50836
Description

Enjoy a full day private journey through the Medoc wine region, where some of the most famous appellations of Bordeaux are located and experience 3 visits and tastings in carefully selected wineries that have crafted top rated wines over the past years.
 
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...

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Enjoy a full day private journey through the Medoc wine region, where some of the most famous appellations of Bordeaux are located and experience 3 visits and tastings in carefully selected wineries that have crafted top rated wines over the past years.
 
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 or wine tour companies 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, head towards the left bank wine producing areas of the Bordeaux vineyards. These include Medoc and Graves wine regions.
 
The Medoc wine region spans the left bank of the Gironde from the mouth of the river to the city of Bordeaux and includes the four famous communes of St-Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien and Margaux. It is about 60km north to south, and about 10 km wide, with around 10,600ha under vines and a production of about 50 million liters per year. All the wine made here is red and the main grape variety used is the Cabernet Sauvignon.
 
The Graves region, bordered on the north by the Garonne river, contains the sub regions of Pessac-Léognan, Sauternes and Barsac. It is known for its intensely gravelly soil. While Château Haut-Brion was included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc, the Graves appellation itself was classified in 1953 for its red wine producers. White wines were included in the updated 1959 classification. Graves is considered the birthplace of claret. In the Middle Ages, the wines that were first exported to England were produced in this area. Château Pape Clément, founded at the turn of the 14th century by the future Pope Clement V, was the first named chateaux in all of Bordeaux. In 1663, Samuel Pepys’ mention of Château Haut-Brion was the first recorded mention of French Claret in London.
 
You will visit thrww carefully selected wineries located in different appellations, and taste selected vintages that have obtained at least 90 points from several renowned wine events/critics.
 
All visits will consist of a short introduction of the history of the wineries followed by a visit of all the technical installations when appropriate.
 
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
Pick-up at your hotel or cruise ship in Bordeaux

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Includes
  • Visits to 3 selected wineries of the left bank
  • 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 in museums, monument 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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