We begin with a visit of the cellars and a welcome dinner in the elegant dining room.
In the illustrious commune of Pauillac our first morning is spent visiting the newly refurbished cellars at Château Mouton-Rothschild. To follow we are invited to lunch at the ultra-modern winery at Château Cos d’Estournel, where we will taste their wines to accompany the meal. In the afternoon we will visit the esteemed Château Lafite-Rothschild. This is a picture-postcard chateau with a beautiful garden and mirror lake, the ideal setting for tasting these first class wines rated amongst the best for quality in the world. Listed at the top of the 1855 First Growth classification, the name comes from the local dialect word “fite” (mound), and indeed at 27 metres as it is one of the highest placed vineyards in Pauillac. If one were to choose one adjective for the wines of Lafite, it would surely be elegant.
Dinner that evening, will be at Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. The wines have always had great finesse and breed. The fact that part of the vineyard lies in St Julien helps to give the wine a special character, more opulent and feminine than a Pauillac, but richer than a St Julien. The introduction of the Réserve de Comtesse has led to a more rigorous selection and a corresponding rise in quality.
After breakfast at our private château, we have the chance to visit Château Palmer. Palmer have of course produced monumental wines for generations and were at in the middle of the 20th Century considered by many to be the top chateau in Margaux. Following the visit and tasting, we are invited to Château Rauzan-Ségla also in Margaux, for lunch and a tasting of their wines. The afternoon visit is to Château Latour, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac for a tasting of their wines to experience the legendary characteristics: its great depth of colour, a classic Cabernet nose and remarkable concentration of fruit and tannin. After this we return to Château Pichon where our wine guide, a knowledgeable wine writer or widely respected authority on Bordeaux, will host a private tasting hosted in the early evening.