Sneak Peek into My Bordeaux Wine Tour

Going on wine tours has became a yearly routine.

More than 9,000 wine-producing châteaux and 13,000 wine growers, Bordeaux is one of the most important wine-producing regions in the world, which produces one third of French wines of good quality.  And due to this reason, Bordeaux wine trip is surely a yearly thing yet I don’t believe any wine lovers would get bored by going there repeatedly. There are much to taste and learn each time.

An impressive Wine and Champagne selections at Qatar's Business Class.  I had a Bollinger and a glass of Chateau Le Bon Pasteur 07 and a Castel Giocondo Brunello de Montalcino 03, guess all pret for the exciting tour here!
An impressive Wine and Champagne selections at Qatar’s Business Class. I had a glass of Bollinger , Chateau Le Bon Pasteur 07 and a glass of Castel Giocondo Brunello de Montalcino 03. Guess I am all pret for the exciting tour here!
The Beautiful Bordeaux City  in Spring time
The Beautiful Bordeaux City in Spring time

I recently got invited by Hip Holiday to a wine tour in Bordeaux, and this time is quite special, it’s a luxurious and more care-free one.  In mid February which in contrary to the usual summer(before its harvest time) visits, I encounter the winter side of cold beauty of Bordeaux.

For most of my tour, like everyone else I supposed, I usually have to plan ahead on each vineyard visits, carrying all the address and contacts during the visits, worry about my tasting of Chateau A being too enjoyable (not to mention if there is a vertical tasting!) that is overrunning and running late for my next appointment with Chateau B, C and D.  Wine too good that I only do backward spitting and become too drunk and driving into wine fields;  Finding boutique hotels or chateau to stay that fits my personal style; booking tables at good restaurants…  all and all can be quite time consuming and frustrating.  I mean, if you have the time and energy that can be enjoyable and probably with the effort paid, you may enjoy the results more.  It’s like  “Every moment has its pleasures and its hope.”― Jane Austen, it really depends what’s your priorities I must say.

However, for the lifestyle in Hong Kong, where time is the rarest thing for most, your travel can be tailored by a travel agent.  This time was such a time.

I will cover more of my wine tour visits in my later post (stay tune!!) Here, I share with you with some previews of my 5 days tour:

Saint Emilion Medieval Town
Saint-Emilion Medieval Town

Saint-Emilion

  • Château Cheval Blanc
  • Château Soutard
  • Private guided tour of Saint-Emilion and its underground monuments
  • Dinner at one Michelin starred restaurant “Le Chapon Fin” with Bordeaux most important wine club members
Tasting at Château Cheval Blanc in Saint-Emilion
Tasting at Château Cheval Blanc in Saint-Emilion

 Margaux

  • Château Margaux

Pauillac

  • Château Pichon Longueville Baron
  • Winery Visit and Tasting course at Cercle Lynch-Bages  
a very lighthearted wine course at Lynch Bach!  Enjoyed it too much didn't want to leave
a very lighthearted wine course at Lynch-Bages.  Enjoyed it too much didn’t want to leave for other later visits

Saint-Julien

  • Château Gruaud-Larose

Saint-Estèphe

  • Vertical Tasting and Dinner at Château Phélan Ségur
  • Night at Château Pichon Longueville Baron
pretty crazy vertical tasting for past 10 years vintages
pretty crazy vertical tasting for Château Phélan Ségur’s past 10 years vintages
Comparing same vintage of Chateau Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. Oh their elegance, finesse in the red fruits made it hard to spit it out even it's still in our A.M.
Comparing same vintage of Chateau Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. Oh their elegance, finesse in the red fruits made it hard to spit it out even it’s still in our A.M.

Pessac-Léognan

  • Château Haut-Brion 
  • lunch at Château Haut-Bailly 
  • Château Smith Haut Lafitte 
  • Dinner and Night at Les Sources de Caudalie. 

On the side of the Tour organized by Hip Holiday, I always made personal visit and had wonderful lunch with Château Le Dome Owner Jonathan Maltus and ChâteauTroplong Mondot with Xavier Pariente at his Saint-Emilion Vineyard. 

hitting dusk, very happy I arrived at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Vineyard and will meet Alice the daughter of SHL soon.

Special thanks to :

Hip Holiday
7 days fine wine Bordeaux tour is  HKD 48,900up.
For details and enquiry, contact:
2973 0606
enquiry@hipholiday.com.hk

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