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Bordeaux Wine Tour (Oct 2017)

Bordeaux Wine Study Tour with Gerard Basset MW, MS

Bordeaux Wine Study Tour with Gerard Basset MW, MS

Trip Details:

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

Embark on our 2017 Bordeaux Study Trip with professional-level instruction on site coupled with a certificate program.

SOLD OUT. But we have a waiting list!

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.

  • Take a vineyard and wine tasting tour in Bordeaux with us and 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, Gérard Basset, MW, MS, Best Sommelier in The World, 2010 and Honorary President of the WSET
  • 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 the lesser-known, excellent value Fronsac appellation through a grouped tastings of different chateaux, organized exclusively for the group by the winemakers.
  • 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.

Your instructor & Guide: Gerard Basset

Gerard Basset, MS, MW

  • Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and Wine MBA
  • Best Sommelier in The World, 2010
  • Decanter Man of the Year 2013 Award
  • Honorary President of the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust)

This was such a wonderful experience with Mr. Gerard Basset who is so knowledgeable yet so humble and patient with us. He always answered our questions with his best efforts and shared with us his own thoughts as well.

Tina Xie, WSET Diploma

Gerard is humble, genuine and a wealth of knowledge. I felt privileged to be in his company. He was always very patient with our questions and never hesitated to share. He is a very inspiring person. We were very happy with Gerard and would gladly take another study tour with him. It was a pleasure and an honour to study under him."

Sandra Aw, WSET Diploma

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 1

  • Participants arrive independently in Bordeaux city at 4-starBest Western Hotel Bayonne Etche-Ona, 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. 2 | Médoc: Margaux, Saint Julien | B, L, D

  • On the way to the Médoc, instructor Gérard Basset will present a review of the terroirs and AOPs.
  • Enjoy two visits and tastings at Classified Growths in Margaux, known for its elegant, “feminine” wines; for example, Chateau d’Issan, Chateau Margaux or Chateau Rauzan Ségla.
  • Stop for a delicious lunch at the elegant Saint Julien restaurant.
  • Visits and tastings at two Classified Growths of Saint Julien, like Chateau Léoville Poyferré or Chateau Gruaud Larose.
  • Return to Bordeaux city and enjoy a gastronomic dinner at Le Quatrième Mur, Chef Philippe Etchebest’s (formerly of 2-star Hostellerie de Plaisance) great new restaurant located in the historic Grand Théâtre.

Tuesday, Oct. 3 | Médoc: Pauillac, Saint Estèphe | B, L

  • Explore the top estates of Pauillac and Saint Estèphe, at Classified Growths like Pichon Longueville Baron de Pichon, Pontet Canet or Mouton Rothschild.
  • Gourmet lunch at the charming Café Lavinal in Bages.
  • Enjoy a free evening to discover Bordeaux city and its great restaurants on your own, with our suggestions.

Wednesday, Oct. 4 | Graves and Sauternes | B, L

  • Gérard will delve into the terroir and classification system of the Graves, with a tour and tasting at a top estate of Péssac Léognan like First Growth Chateau Haut Brion, Domaine de Chevalier or Chateau Haut Bailly.
  • Travel to the Sauternais and enjoy a delicious lunch at the charming Auberge des Vignes.
  • Visit a renowned First Growth like Chateau d’Yquem or Chateau Suduiraut, including a walk through the vineyards and a thorough discussion of botrytis cinerea.
  • The evening is yours to explore Bordeaux and its fine restaurants.

Thursday, Oct. 5 | Saint Emilion and Pomerol | B, D

  • Begin your exploration of the Right Bank with a review of the terroirs and appellations of this renowned production area with Gérard.
  • In Pomerol, considered the world’s finest terroir for Merlot, you’ll be welcomed at a top estate like l’Eglise Clinet, La Fleur Pétrus or Petit Village.
  • You’ll have some time late morning to enjoy the beautiful village of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore its historic sites, boutiques, galleries and wine shops.
  • Enjoy lunch on your own in Saint Emilion with our suggestions.
  • Visit two famed Premier Grand Cru Classé estates like Chateau Canon or Chateau Angelus.
  • Return to Bordeaux for a gastronomic farewell dinner at one of Bordeaux’s best-loved restaurants, Le Chapon Fin.


Friday, Oct. 6 | Value appellation, Saint Emilion | B, L

  • Travel today to one of the “value appellations” like Canon Frosac or Côtes de Castillon, to visit and taste at a top chateau.
  • Back to AOP Saint Emilion for a tour and tasting at another Premier Grand Cru Classé like Troplong Mondot or Beauséjour Bécot.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at Chateau de Candale.
  • After lunch, the group will be transferred to Bordeaux Gare St. Jean train station and then to Bordeaux Mérignac Airport.

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 estates 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, charming 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 5 Day, 5 Night Bordeaux Immersion Study Trip includes:

  • Instruction throughout by Gérard Basset, MW, MS and Best Sommelier in the World 2010.
  • The complete Wine Scholar Guild Bordeaux Master Level study program package, including the written manual, access to the online modules  for one year and online exam-sit. (Access to the Master-Level study program is granted 90 days prior to your departure and after your final payment is received)
  • Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board
  • 5 nights at 4-star Best Western Bayonne Etche-Ona in the city of Bordeaux, double occupancy
  • 4 gourmet lunches with fine wines
  • 2 gastronomic dinners with fine wines
  • 5 delicious 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$ 4,385.00
  • Enrolled Student Price per person, double occupancy: US $ 4,095.00
    (Enrolled Student Price is for registrants already fully or partially enrolled in the Bordeaux Master-Level program**)
  • Single Supplement: US$ 395.00
  • 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 2017 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.

Space is limited to 18 participants, so reserve your space today!

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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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