May 10 through May 19, 2018
Your job is to be at LONDON HEATHROW airport ready to board a bus by 10:00am Thursday morning, May 10, 2018. I recommend (but do not require) that you get to London a day or two early so that you are acclimated before the action starts.
My job is to get you from there (via Luxury Coach – aka “the Bus”) to the south of England where we will visit three English Sparkling Wine Houses (Hattingley Valley, Ridgeview, and Chapel Down), have a comprehensive Port presentation, eat and drink well, and stay at the four-star Foxhills Club and Resort.
On Saturday May 12th, we will fly from London to Toulouse and proceed by private coach (the bus) to Cahor where we will visit, stay, and dine at the elegant Chateau de Mercues (four star hotel, winery, and restaurant). Sunday morning we’ll visit Ch. Haut Serre (also in Cahors) where we will also have lunch.
On Sunday afternoon (May 13), we will proceed (on the bus) to Bordeaux where we will stay at the four star Relais de Margaux located on the east side of the Margaux appellation close to the Gironde Estuary. Sunday evening plans include a Bordeaux River Cruise (with tasting on board) and a light dinner.
Monday and Tuesday will find us in the Medoc (Margaux, St. Julien, Pauillac, and St. Estephe) visiting such properties as Ducru Beaucaillou, Leoville Barton, Cantenac Brown, Pontet Canet, Pichon Lalande, Calon Segur, Pontac Lynch, Gruaud Larose, Branaire Ducru, Margaux, and Lafite. On Wednesday, we’ll visit such Pessac Leognan properties as Smith Haut Lafitte, Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, Carmes Haut Brion, and Haut Brion. On Thursday and Friday, we’ll visit such Right Bank visiting properties as Canon, Croix St. Georges, Vieux Ch. Certan, Figeac, Canon La Gaffeliere, Laplagnotte Bellevue, l’Evangile, and Pavie MacQuin. These visits wil incude some “enhanced tastings” at some of the very top chateaux.
We’ll finish the day on Friday with dinner at Restaurant Le 7 atop La Cite du Vin wine museum in Bordeaux. My part of the trip ends at check out time on Saturday morning May 19. You may then fly home, extend your stay in Bordeaux, or head out to a different destination in Europe.
Each morning, we will leave the hotel about 8:30-to-9am and will return after dinner by about 10:30-11pm (unless we are dining at the hotel). Each day includes breakfast at the hotel and all lunches and dinners, often at the chateaux with older wines from the chateaux. This is a wine intensive trip (with quality over quantity) with unusual access to great properties and their wines. From lunch on Thursday May 10th through breakfast on Saturday May 18th, all lodging, meals, wines, and logistics (including the flight from London to Toulouse) are included.
The trip is priced at $5900 per person (double occupancy, airfare to London / from Bordeaux is not included). Airfare from London to Toulouse is included. The single supplement is $1000. A $1200 deposit will be due by January 13th. Final payment of the balance is due by March 17th. Payment may be made by check or credit card. If want to come, please respond quickly to BearDalton@mac.com.