May 22 through May 31, 2015
For a Wine Trip to Champagne and Bordeaux
Your job is to be at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in Paris by 10am Friday morning, May 22, 2015.
My job is to get you from there (via Luxury Coach – aka “the bus”) to Champagne where we will visit 6-7 Champagne houses (J.P. Marniquet, Louis Sacy, Perrier-Jouet, Bonnaire, Bollinger, etc.), eat and drink well, and stay at the five-star Hostellerie La Briqueterie. On Sunday, we’ll take a train (TGV) to Bordeaux where we will be staying at the four-star Pullman Hotel Bordeaux Lac located on the north-side of the city where we will have easy access to all the roads leading to the chateaux. Monday and Tuesday will find us in the Medoc (Margaux, St. Julien, Pauillac, and St. Estephe) visiting the likes of Leoville Barton, Leoville Poyferre, Batailley, Cantenac Brown, Pontet Canet, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Calon Segur, Montrose, Pontac Lynch, Senejac, Branaire Ducru, etc. On Wednesday we’ll be in Pessac Leognan and Sauternes visiting properties such as Smith Haut Lafitte, Carbonnieux, Coutet, Haut Bailly, etc.
On Thursday and Friday, we will be on the Right Bank visiting the likes of Croix St. Georges, Vieux Ch. Certan, Figeac, Canon La Gaffeliere, Laplagnotte Bellevue, Canon, Daugay, Pavie MacQuin, and Puygueraud. Saturday will be a mix of wine and tourism with a concluding dinner. Each day in Bordeaux will include breakfast at the hotel and lunches and dinners, mostly at the chateaux. Sunday morning will bring an early morning flight back to Paris to fly home that day. Once you are on the plane from Bordeaux to Paris (or not if you chose to extend your trip), my job is done.
We will leave the hotel about 8:30-to-9am each morning and will return after dinner by about 10:30-11pm (unless we are dining at the hotel). This is a wine intensive trip with unusual access to great properties and their wines.
Sarah Donaho of Frosch Travel and I are teaming up to get the hotels, transport, meals, logistics, and most importantly winery visits coordinated. From lunch on Friday May 22 through dinner on Saturday May 30, all meals and wines are included. We should have the budget completed in the next 7-10 days. All of the payments will be through Frosch. At this time, my educated guess is that the cost (double occupancy) will be under $5000 per person (Airfare to/from France not included). The single supplement likely will be in the neighborhood of $900. This trip will be limited to 30 total travelers (including me).
More information soon.
Inquiries should be directed to BearDalton@mac.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.