First Day in Bordeaux

I am in Bordeaux and I invite you to join me virtually as I submerse myself in all things Bordeaux over the course of the next week.

Arrived in Bordeaux and feeling very jet-lagged, but  looking forward to visiting the following chateaus over the next 5 days:
Monday 14th March
Château DUCRU BEAUCAILLOU
Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Saint-Julien
Visit Tasting by Mr Bruno BORIE (owner)

Château LAFON-ROCHET
Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Saint-Estèphe
Dinner

With Mr Basile TESSERON (Owner)

Tuesday 15th March

Château LYNCH-MOUSSAS
Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Pauillac
Visit Tasting
with Mr Philippe CASTEJA (Owner) and
President of the “Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855”

And Médoc Educational Tasting
(15 differents Médoc Grands Crus Classés)
Vintages 2008, 2006 & 2001 (5 wines of each vintage).

Château DURFORT-VIVENS
Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Margaux
Visit Tasting and Lunch
with Mr Gonzague LURTON (Owner)

Château BEYCHEVELLE
Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Saint-Julien
Visit Tasting and Seminar by Mr Philippe BLANC (General Manager)
“Terroir, viticulture and winemaking in the Médoc Grands Crus Classés.”

Château LYNCH-BAGES
Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Pauillac
Visit Tasting and Dinner (Café Lavinal)
With Mr Nicolas LABENNE (Technical Director)

Wednesday 16th March

Château DESMIRAIL
Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Margaux
Visit Tasting and Seminar by Mr. Denis LURTON (Owner)
“Grands Crus Classés Trade”

Château BRANE-CANTENAC
Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Margaux
Visit Tasting and Lunch
with Mr. Henri LURTON (Owner)

Château CANTENAC BROWN
Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Margaux
Visit Tasting with Mr. José SANFINS (General Manager)

and Seminar by Mr Dewey MARKHAM jr
“1855 Classification”

Château GRAND-PUY DUCASSE
Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Pauillac
Visit Tasting and Dinner
With Mrs Anne Le NAOUR (Technical Director)

Thursday 17th March

Seminar by Mr Denis DUBOURDIEU (Oenology Professor)
at the Institut de la Vigne et du Vin (ISVV) – Villenave d’Ornon

“Complementary of grapes varieties and their sensory influences in the
style of red, white and sweet great wines.”

Château RIEUSSEC
1er Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Sauternes
Visit Tasting and Lunch
With Mr Charles CHEVALLIER (General Manager)

Château CLIMENS
1er Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Barsac
With Mrs Bérénice LURTON (Owner)

Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 and Mr Frédéric NIVELLE (Technical Director)

Visit Tasting and Seminar
“Terroir and winemaking in the Sauternes Grands Crus Classés.”

And Sauternes Educational Tasting
(5 differents Sauternes Grands Crus Classés – vintage 2006)

Château LA TOUR BLANCHE
1er Grand Cru Classé in 1855 – Sauternes
Visit Tasting and

As you can see a full agenda over the next few days.  Stay tuned for updates, pictures and videos, all followed by an in-depth post on the highlights.

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  • JonM

    You left for France without me! Raise a glass for me. I can only image the “wine Snob” thrills your in for. nnBTW – is it true Jerry Lewis owns a vineyard in Bordeux?

  • http://www.vintuba.com ChrisO Vintuba.com

    I knew I forgot something!

  • http://www.dittonwinetraders.co.uk/blog/ James Swann

    What a year 2011 has turned out to be for the Bordeaux market. u00a0Just a few months later and one of the most drawn-out en primeur campaigns ever marks au00a0particularlyu00a0intriguing time for Bordeaux.n

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