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Bordeaux Wine Tour - Oct 2022 (SOLD OUT)

Bordeaux Wine Study Tour with Andrew Jefford

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October 9 – October 14, 2022

Embark on our Bordeaux Study Tour!

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.

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.

  • 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, Jane Anson, Bordeaux Correspondent for Decanter Magazine
  • Travel to the most prestigious vineyard areas of Bordeaux, including the Médoc, the Graves and Sauternais, and the Saint-Émilion and Pomerol subregions. 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-Émilion, 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.

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Travel with a group of wine students who are serious about wine, either as wine professionals or committed wine lovers. Share an educational, epicurean and unforgettable experience while mastering the world of Bordeaux. Trips are open to people from all countries, and are held in English.

Our week in Bordeaux was fantastic and one that I will never forget. The variety and quality of chateaux that we visited was amazing.
Sheri D Orts
Bordeaux Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2018
The chateaus we visited were amazing!! I appreciated learning about their similarities and differences - and tasting their wines.
Pat Mitchell
Bordeaux Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2018
I enjoyed it thoroughly....it gave real insight into new winemakers who weren't in the news. All staff, bus, hotel were fantastic.
Anton Ottenhoff
Bordeaux Study Trip with Jane Anson, June 2019
The accommodations were good, tour guide and bus driver did a very good job, and most of all our director, Jane Anson was amazing.
David Christian
Bordeaux Study Trip with Jane Anson, June 2019
The hotel was an excellent hotel. Excellent selection of chateaus. Interesting and exciting choices.
Robert Frank
Bordeaux Study Trip with Jane Anson, June 2019

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Based on the current COVID situation and for the safety of our students and hosts, participants will be required to provide a proof of vaccination before joining a 2022 study trip.

WSG reserves the right to modify sanitary requirements at any time and at its sole discretion. For more information, please consult the study trips Terms and Conditions.

YOUR 6 DAY BORDEAUX IMMERSION STUDY TOUR INCLUDES: 

  • Instruction throughout by renowned Decanter columnist and wine educator Andrew Jefford
  • All professional-level tours and tastings at top chateaux, including First Growths and other classified growth chateaux
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout, to provide customer service and logistics support
  • 5 nights at 4-star Hotel Le Burdigala in Bordeaux, double occupancy
  • Welcome drink with your tour instructor and tour manager.
  • 5 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 gourmet lunches with top-quality wines of the region
  • 2 gastronomic dinners with top-quality wines of the region, including 1 at a Michelin 1-star restaurant
  • Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board
  • The complete WSG Bordeaux Master Level online course, including study manual, online webinars and online exam
  • All hotel and other taxes, and gratuities for included restaurants

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MEET YOUR GUIDE

Your Guide: Andrew Jefford

  • Wine writer since 1988.
  • Author of The New France, Whisky Island, Andrew Jefford's Wine Course.
  • Academic Advisor with the Wine Scholar Guild.
  • Contributing Editor and columnist for Decanter and World of Fine Wine.
  • Winner of 8 Glenfiddich Awards and 8 Roederer Awards

 

He was a wonderful teacher and was full of knowledge and pride about the Rhone Valley.
Erika Frey
Alsace Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, June 2020
Andrew Jefford is so lovely and I feel so lucky to learn from him. He is a wonderful ambassador and is so generous with his knowledge. A true gentleman and would love to do more tours with him.
Jenny SimpsonWine Sales - Urban Liqour Store
Alsace Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2019
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
Bordeaux Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, September 2014
Andrew is very knowledgable and generous with his time and answering questions.
Raju GajarawalaWineologist - Mid-State Wine&Liquor L.P
Alsace Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2019
Amazing work by Andrew. Personable, very informed and informative, great presentation in terms of both education and enrichment of experience for guests.
Angelica Kwan
Alsace Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, June 2017


Your Tour Manager : Mary Kirk, DipWSET

Assisting the instructor and making sure logistics run smoothly and that your needs are answered will be Mary Kirk.

Mary has been leading wine tours in France for 15 years and has been tour manager for WSG study trips or over 5 years. She is also a DipWSET, FWS and certified French Sommelier-Conseil.

She may be a familiar face to some of you because she also takes care of WSG members as our Community and Membership Manager.

Mary also teaches wine in Paris, specifically Sommellerie at Ferrandi Gastronomic school of Paris, as well as the FWS program at the Butler Academy in Paris. Her other activities include leading wine events and consulting in the French wine sector.

Chateaux visited on previous Bordeaux Wine Tours

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

Margaux:

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

Saint-Julien:

“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

Pauillac:

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

Saint-Estèphe:

“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

Sauternes:

1st Grand Cru Classé Chateau d’Yquem

1st Grand Cru Classé Chateau La Tour Blanche

1st Grand Cru Classé Chateau Suduiraut

Pomerol:

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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