Heading to Paris in April and contemplating a side trip for 2 days in Bordeaux. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to best maximize my experience (yes....only 2 days) without getting stuck in the typical "tourist tasing trap" for tasting wine? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Cheers!
Book the two days with Sommelier/Driver/Host Henri Challeau. We did one day with him. He made all arrangements to visit wineries. We went to 3 in St Emillion and one in Pomerol. Visited Coutet, La Croizille, Canon-la-Gaffelière and Gazin (Pomerol). You can google his name and read the great reviews of his tours.
Henri CHALLEAUBordeaux Wine Travel85 rue des PelourdesF-33300 BORDEAUXTél: 0033 664 653 email@example.com
Many thanks Mark! That is just what I need!
I used SIP Wine Tours in June - highly recommended! Our guide/driver was named Veronica...CMS 2 & WSET 4, a Kiwi living in Bordeaux for 10+ yrs. We visited Mouton, Pontet-Canet and Ferrière and ate lunch at Café Lavinal in Château Lynch Bages - amazing day! Veronica was very friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. They can customize your tour however you want.
Many thanks Paul!
I'd highly recommend staying in St. Emilion and renting some bicycles if the weather is nice! If it's raining you can book a tour with a local guide. It's very interesting to see the major differences in terroir in such a small area (St. Emilion/Pomerol)....have fun!