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    Bordeaux Wine Tour (Oct 2018 FULL)

    Bordeaux Wine Study Tour with Andrew Jefford

    Bordeaux Wine Study Tour with Andrew Jefford

    Trip Details:

    • Dates: to
    • Duration: 6 days, 5 nights.
    • Guide:Gerard Basset, MS, MW
    • This study trip is now SOLD OUT

    Embark on our 2018 Bordeaux Study Trip with professional-level instruction on site coupled with a certificate program.

    Bordeaux Wine Tours and Study Trip Highlights:

    Bordeaux is the largest and most renowned fine wine-producing region in France. Its iconic reds have served as the benchmark around the world for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blends. Excellent whites, both sweet and dry, are also produced in Bordeaux. Its sheer size has given rise to numerous sub-regions, appellations, classification systems, and “châteaux”, the famous wine estates of Bordeaux.

    • Gain extensive knowledge of this vast region through the precise instruction of a world-renowned wine expert combined with insider visits and wine tastings at the very best châteaux.
    • Discover the Bordeaux wine region with your instructor, Andrew Jefford
    • Travel to each of the different vineyard areas of Bordeaux, including the Médoc, the Graves and Sauternais, and the Saint-Emilion and Pomerol region. Study their respective terroirs and master their specific appellation and classification systems.
    • Experience first-rate visits and tastings at Bordeaux’s most prestigious châteaux.
    • Explore one of the lesser-known, excellent value appellations like Fronsac or Côtes de Castillon.
    • Discover the elegant city of Bordeaux with its graceful streets, lovely waterfront walks and great wine bars. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Saint-Emilion, a charming village surrounded by vineyards dating back to medieval times.
    • Lunch and dine in the region’s best restaurants and discover exquisite local specialties matched with excellent Bordeaux wines.

    Travel with a group of wine students who are serious about wine, either as wine professionals or as committed wine lovers. Share a highly educational, friendly and unforgettable experience while gaining a comprehensive understanding of what makes the wines of Bordeaux so unique.

    Andrew Jefford - Decanter

    Your instructor & Guide: Andrew Jefford

    • Award-Winning wine journalist for Decanter Magazine
    • Featured presenter for Decanter Education's masterclasses
    • Author of twelve books on wine including The New France


    He went above and beyond with a serious and significant effort to enhance the learning value of the study trip through his daily talks on the bus, his commentary on the visits, his portable reference library and his impeccable follow through on every single question that came up""

    Lisa Benhke, Wine Enthusiast,
    Fort Myers, Florida

    Enjoyed Andrew’s lectures and accounts which had no wasted words, precise and insightful. He is a true professional and up-to-date scholar (rare) whose precise explanation was very helpful"


    Yuki Saito, AIWS, CS, Wine Writer/Journalist,
    San Francisco, California

    Andrew Jefford was gracious, charming, knowledgeable and dedicated. I would love to do future tours with Andrew as leader."

    Scott Stooker, Retail Sales
    at Pride Mountain Vineyards.
    San Francisco Bay Area

    Your Tour Manager: Sarah Graham-Beck

    Assisting the instructor and making sure logistics run smoothly and that your needs are answered will be Sarah Graham-Beck.

    • Sarah lives in Bordeaux and has 15 years of experience in the Bordeaux wine industry. She has been manager of a top Right Bank chateau and worked for several top Bordeaux wine merchants. She now guides wine tours in the region and handles logistics for wine-related events.

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    Itinerary *

    Sunday, October 21

    • Participants arrive independently in Bordeaux city at Hotel de Sèze, ideally located in the heart of the historic district, close to shops and restaurants.
    • Enjoy dinner on your own in Bordeaux, with our suggestions.

    Monday, Oct. 22 | Saint Emilion and Pomerol | B, L, D

    • Begin your exploration of the Right Bank with a review of the terroirs and AOPs with Gérard.
    • In Pomerol, considered the world’s finest terroir for Merlot, you’ll be welcomed at a top Chateau like l’Eglise Clinet, La Fleur Pétrus or Petit Village.
    • Enjoy a delicious lunch at Chateau de Candale’s restaurant, L’Atelier de Candale.
    • Visit two famed Premier Grand Cru Classé estates like Canon, Cheval Blanc or Angelus.
    • Return to Bordeaux city and enjoy a gastronomic welcome dinner at Le Quatrième Mur, Michelin-starred Chef Philippe Etchebest’s great restaurant in the historic Grand Théâtre.

    Tuesday, Oct. 23 | Value appellation, Saint Emilion, Pomerol | B

    • Travel to a “value appellation” like Canon Fronsac or Côtes de Castillon, to visit and taste at a top chateau.
    • Stop in the beautiful village of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with time to explore its historic sites, boutiques, galleries and wine shops.
    • Lunch on your own in Saint Emilion.
    • Back to AOP Saint Emilion for a tour and tasting at another Classified Growth like Troplong Mondot or Beauséjour Bécot.
    • In Pomerol, visit a great Chateau like Le Conseillante or Vieux Chateau Certan.
      Discover Bordeaux city and its fine restaurants on your own, with our suggestions.


    Wednesday, Oct. 24 | Graves and Sauternes | B, L

    • Travel to the Sauternais and visit a renowned First Growth like Yquem or Suduiraut, including a walk in the vineyards and a thorough discussion of botrytis cinerea.
    • Lunch at the charming Auberge des Vignes.
    • Move on to the Graves, as Gérard delves into the terroir and classification system.
    • Tours and tastings at two top estates of Péssac Léognan like First Growth Chateau Haut Brion, Smith Haut Lafitte or Haut Bailly.
    • The evening is yours to explore Bordeaux and dine on your own.

    Thursday, Oct. 25 | Médoc: Pauillac, Saint Estèphe | B, L, D

    • On the way to the Médoc, Gérard will present a review of the terroir and AOPs.
    • Visit and taste at one of the great First Growths, like Latour or Lafitte Rothschild.
    • Gourmet lunch at the charming Café Lavinal in Bages.
    • Explore two top estates of Pauillac and Saint Estèphe, at Classified Growths like Pichon Longueville Baron de Pichon, Pontet Canet or Cos d’Estournel.
    • Return to Bordeaux for a gastronomic farewell dinner at one of Bordeaux’s best-loved restaurants, Le Chapon Fin.

    Friday, Oct. 26 | Médoc: Margaux, Saint Julien | B, L

    • Enjoy a visit and tasting at a Classified Growth in Margaux, like Chateau d’Issan, Chateau Margaux or Chateau Rauzan Ségla.
    • Elegant gourmet lunch at the Saint Julien restaurant.
    • Visits and tastings at two Classified Growths of Saint Julien, like Léoville Poyferré or Gruaud Larose.
    • Late afternoon, the group will be transferred to Bordeaux Mérignac Airport and then to Bordeaux Gare St. Jean train station.

    Legend for meals included in your tour: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

    * Itinerary subject to change: every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as close as possible to what appears here; however, the final itinerary and estates/winemakers included may vary due to wine producer schedules, availability and factors beyond our control. The wine producers visited during this trip will all be of the highest quality. As soon as we have confirmation from the estates that have accepted our visit, we will include them in the itinerary.

    Hotel rooms: we are staying in a small, historic hotel on this trip. As a result, the rooms will not all be exactly the same, and they may also be in different categories. We will assign hotel rooms in the order of sign-ups for the trip. All rooms will be very comfortable and have the same services (en-suite bathrooms, A/C, WiFi, etc.).

    Your 6 Day, 5 Night Bordeaux Immersion Study Trip includes:

    • Instruction throughout by Andrew Jefford
    • The services of a Tour Manager throughout, to provide customer service and logistics support.
    • The complete Wine Scholar Guild Bordeaux Master Level online course, including the written manual, online webinars and online exam
    • Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board
    • 5 nights at 4-star Hotel de Sèze in the city of Bordeaux, double occupancy
    • 4 gourmet lunches with fine wines
    • 2 gastronomic dinners with fine wines
    • 5 buffet breakfasts
    • All professional-level tours and tastings at top chateaux, including First Growths and other classified growth chateaux
    • All hotel and other taxes, and gratuities for included restaurants


    • Price per person, double occupancy: US$ 4,595.00
    • Enrolled Student Price per person, double occupancy: US $ 4,295.00
      (Enrolled Student Price is for registrants already fully registered in the Bordeaux Master-Level program**)
    • Single Supplement: US$ 495.00
    • Deposit upon reservation: US$ 1000.00 per person, per trip
    • Get US$ 150 off each additional trip you take!***

    NOTE: There are a limited number of twin rooms available (2 single beds). Please let us know if you’d like to share a twin room with another participant to avoid the single supplement and pay the double occupancy price instead.

    **The Enrolled Study Price applies to those currently studying in the Bordeaux Master-Level program or who have completed it. Full registration in the Bordeaux Master-Level program means students who have previously ordered the Bordeaux Master-Level study manual, exam registration and online study program.

    ***After you have reserved your first study trip in 2018 you will receive a discount of US $150 for each additional study trip you take in the same calendar year. This discount will be deducted from the final balance payment for each additional study trip. You must pay for the first study trip in full to be eligible to receive the discount for additional study trips.

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    Enter yourself on the waiting list:

    For more information:

    We have partnered with Terroir Wine Services to operate our immersion study trips. TWS has been organizing exceptional wine tours in France since 1999. Contact Lauriann Greene, the Study Trip Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at +1 302-415-3036.

    Taste, visit, meet, explore & indulge! A sneak peek at past Bordeaux study trips


    I enjoyed everything about the trip! I can't think of a single thing that I would change. The quality and the mix of Chateaux selected was outstanding [...] Every tour was on time, well planned, and well thought through. The breakfasts, lunches, and dinners were indulgent.

    Erica Archer, Founder of Wine Wise.
    Portland, Maine
    The direct access to the chateaus and the personalized tours which offered and explained the philosophy and vision of the vineyard management, winemakers and chateaus management were priceless.

    Annemarie Humm CSW, Wine Educator at Vines to Wine Academy.
    Greenville, SC
    This was a spectacular trip. Wonderful wineries and wines; delicious food; well-organized and great logistics; wonderful people. I learned so much! The trip made all of the reading come alive!

    Gretchen Bender, DWS, CWE
    Hospitality Manager,
    Montagna Napa Valley

    Enjoy memorable meals at Gastronomic restaurants & Chateaux

    Why study Bordeaux..in Bordeaux?

    The wines of Bordeaux have long been a revered French wine icon. They are age-worthy, much sought after, and highly prized. Like great art, they are bought and sold as a valued commodity, in fast and furious trading, at auction, and over quiet conversation with a well-connected retailer.

    Over the millennia, the vinous legacy that began with the Romans has evolved into a juggernaut of epic proportions. World-wide, winemakers aspire to emulate what Bordeaux captures in a bottle each harvest. Wine writers flock to this corner of France to taste the new vintage. Cyberspace buzzes with wine commerce once the prices are set. And all the world has but one thing on its lips…Bordeaux. The region is both a bastion and a beacon for all that is timeless, classic and truly exceptional in the world of wine.

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    Chateaux visited on previous Bordeaux Wine Tours:

    We thank the following estates and individuals for having welcomed us and our students on past study wine tours to Bordeaux:


    2nd Growth Chateau Rauzan Ségla

    Grand Cru Classé Chateau Pouget with owner Lucien Guillemet

    Cru Bourgeois Chateau Montbrison with owner Laurent von der Heyden

    3rd Grand Cru Classé Chateau Malescot Saint-Exupéry

    3rd Growth Chateau Palmer

    Classified Growth Chateau d’Issan


    “Super 2nd”Growth Chateau Léoville Las Cases

    “Super 2nd” Growth Chateau Léoville Barton with owner Lilian Barton Sartorius

    “Super 2nd” growth Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou

    2nd Growth Chateau Gruaud Larose

    2nd Growth Chateau Léoville Poyferré


    1er Grand Cru Classé Chateau Latour

    1er Grand Cru Classé Chateau Lafite Rothschild

    “Super 2nd” Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron

    “Super 2nd” Growth Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    “Super 2nd” Growth Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron

    Biodynamic Classified Growth Chateau Pontet Canet with technical director


    “Super 2nd” Chateau Cos d’Estournel in Saint-Estèphe

    Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Chateau Phélan Ségur with technical director Fabrice Bacquey

    Graves / Pessac Léognan:

    1st Grand Cru Classé Chateau Haut Brion and its cooperage

    Grand Cru Classé Domaine de Chevalier with technical director Rémi Edange

    Classified Growth Chateau Haut Bailly


    1st Grand Cru Classé Chateau d’Yquem

    1st Grand Cru Classé Chateau La Tour Blanche

    1st Grand Cru Classé Chateau Suduiraut


    Chateau La Fleur-Pétrus with owner Christian Moueix

    Chateau Gazin with owner Nicolas de Baillencourt

    Chateau Petit Village in Pomerol

    Chateau La Conseillante with the winemaker

    Vieux Chateau Certan with owner/winemaker Alexandre Thienpont

    Chateau l’Eglise Clinet

    Saint Emilion:

    1st Grand Cru Classé “A” Chateau Angelus

    1st Grand Cru Classé Chateau Beauséjour Bécot

    1st Grand Cru Classé Chateau Canon

    1st Grand Cru Classé Chateau Troplong Mondot

    1st Grand Cru Classé Chateau Figeac

    1st Grand Cru Classé "B" Chateau Canon la Gaffelière in Saint Emilion

    Grand Cru Chateau Lassègue with director Nicolas Seillan

    Grand Cru Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf, with owner/winemaker Francois Mitjaville

    Chateau Acappella. “haute couture” small producer with owner Christophe Choissy

    Other areas :

    Domaine de l’A in the up-and-coming appellation of Côtes de Castillon with enologist Stéphane Derenoncourt

    Group tasting with the Winemakers’ Union of Fronsac and Canon Fronsac

    Elite Crus Bourgeois Exceptionnels Chateau Chasse Spleen

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