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4 years 5 months ago #48 by Ken Place
Hi, everyone –

I am one of the 18 participants on this year’s FWS Bordeaux trip and I am trying to organize a tour/tasting at Millesima’s storage facilities in Bordeaux on the day we arrive in Bordeaux (Sunday, May 12th). Unless you are arriving early or staying after the official part of the trip, this is the only day we will be in Bordeaux (other days we stay in Pauillac, St. Emillion).

I NEED A RESPONSE FROM EVERYONE TO DETERMINE WHETHER WE HAVE ENOUGH INTEREST TO BOOK THIS TOUR. I NEED A:
1) YES/NO DECISION,
2) WHAT IS THE EARLIEST TIME YOU CAN START THE TOUR (I AM THINKING 4PM), AND
3) WHICH TASTING YOU WOULD PREFER WE REQUEST (SEE BELOW)

Summary of tasting and costs

Name of tasting Price Cost per person if 10 people sign up Options
Initiation to the Bordeaux wines USD $456 USD $45.60 $13/pp for food + 16/pp for cheese
Millesimas’ Best Of 3 terroirs for red wines USD $523 USD $52.30 $13/pp for food + 16/pp for cheese
Prestigious Panorama of 3 colors USD $597 USD $59.70 $13/pp for food + 16/pp for cheese
Great 2004 vintage horizontal tasting USD $770 USD $77.00 $13/pp for food + 16/pp for cheese
1998 Right Bank Horizontal Wine Tasting” USD $1036 USD $103.60 $13/pp for food + 16/pp for cheese
2000 Vintage Horizontal Great wine tasting USD $1047 USD $104.70 $13/pp for food + 16/pp for cheese
First Classified Growths « à la carte on request

Millesima’s facilities (see attached brochure) hold over 2 million bottles including over 11,000 large format bottles. The tour would be as follows:
• Tour of facilities (30 min)
• Bordeaux presentation (20 min) – we have a choice of 3 presentations
o Bordeaux Vineyard : Presentation of the terroir and the wines
o Bordeaux Vineyard and wine trade : history from Antiquity until today
o Bordeaux Vineyard : economic stakes and trading system
• Tasting with or without food and/or cheese pairings (40 min) – We have lots of options, including requesting a customized tasting. Really depends on how much we want to spend. Here are some options:

o Initiation to the Bordeaux wines (USD $456 + $13/pp for food (optional) + 16/pp for cheese (optional))- After the visit of the cellars, discover the specificities of the great Bordeaux Terroirs, through the mythical 2005 vintage. Dry white & red - right bank/left bank.
 Château Olivier 2005 Graves white Pessac-Léognan, cru classé
 Château Peyrabon 2005 Haut-Médoc Cru bourgeois
 Château Grand Corbin Manuel 2005 Saint Emilion Grand cru

o Millesimas’ Best Of 3 terroirs for red wines (USD $523 + $13/pp for food (optional) + 16/pp for cheese (optional))» After the visit of the cellars, discover Millesima’s best sales through a panorama of 3 great red wines terroirs.
 Château Latour-Martillac 2004 Graves red Pessac-Léognan Cru classé
 Château Poujeaux 2003 Moulis Cru bourgeois.
 Château de Sales 2005 Pomerol

o Prestigious Panorama of 3 colours: white wine, red wine, sweet wine » (USD $597 + $13/pp for food (optional) + 16/pp for cheese (optional)) - After the visit of the cellars, discover the three types of wines produced in Bordeaux thanks to 3 great references.
 Château Malartic-Lagravière 2003 Graves white Pessac-Léognan Cru classé
 Château Fleur Peyrabon 2005 Pauillac Cru bourgeois
 Château Guiraud 2002 Sauternes 1er Cru classé

o Dry & sweet white wines from the Bordeaux vineyards (USD $616 + $13/pp for food (optional) + 16/pp for cheese (optional))
 Blanc de Lynch Bages 2006, the white wine of Château Lynch-Bages
 Château Malartic-Lagravière 2003 Graves white Pessac-Léognan Cru classé
 Château Guiraud 2002 Sauternes 1er Cru classé

o Great 2004 vintage horizontal tasting - (USD $770 + $13/pp for food (optional) + 16/pp for cheese (optional)) Focus on a classical and promising vintage thanks to 3 Grands Crus.
 Château Pontet-Canet 2004 Pauillac 5 . cru classé.
 Clos Fourtet 2004 Saint-Emilion 1er grand cru classé B
 Domaine de Chevalier 2004 Graves red Pessac-Léognan Cru classé

o 1998 Right Bank Horizontal Wine Tasting” (USD $1036 + $13/pp for food (optional) + 16/pp for cheese (optional))
 Château La Conseillante 1998 Pomerol
 Château La Gaffelière 1998 Saint-Emilion 1er grand cru classé B
 Château Pavie Macquin 1998 Saint-Emilion Grand cru

o 2000 Vintage Horizontal Great wine tasting » (USD $1047 + $13/pp for food (optional) + 16/pp for cheese (optional))
 Château Talbot 2000 Saint-Julien 4ème cru classé
 Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2000 Pauillac 5ème cru classé
 Château Clos Fourtet 2000 Saint-Emilion, 1er grand cru classé B.

o The First Classified Growths « à la carte » (USD $if we have to ask we can’t afford it! + $13/pp for food (optional) + 16/pp for cheese (optional))
 Château Margaux, Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour,
 Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Ausone,
 Château Haut-Brion and Château Yquem

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me (Ken Place) at 919-696-6110 (North Carolina, United States).

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4 years 1 month ago #59 by Lisa Stephenson
Would love to hear about your recent study trip. I'm in the Burgundy group, heading to Bordeaux afterwards for VinExpo june 16-20th. If you have any tips to pass on, I'd love to hear them. How was Millesima??? :)

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4 years 1 month ago #61 by Ken Place
Millesima was interesting. It is basically a huge temperature controlled warehouse with 2 million bottles in wooden boxes. I think the tour is fine, but unless you go with a large group (10-12 people) a tasting can be very expensive as you are basically buying the bottles. Hope this helps.

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