The Rising Reds of Bordeaux - Right Bank
For generations, Bordeaux has been known as the most famous winemaking region in the world. Every year, wine lovers from all over the world come to Bordeaux for one simple reason: to visit the 300,000 acres of vineyards that lie outside town and stretch for miles in every direction. And no matter which direction you go, there's an appellation - from the classic reds to the Médoc to the underappreciated whites of Graves and Entre-Deux-Mers; from the unparalleled dessert wines of Sauternes, to the rising reds of the Right Bank's Pomerol and Saint-Émilion.
Winemakers from all over the world have credited the wines of Bordeaux for influencing their personal winemaking style. Food & Wine Trails has designed a special experience at three châteaux that produce excellent wines covering both the Pomerol appellation and the Saint-Émilion appellation, considered by some to be the "Capital of Merlot" and possibly the oldest, active wine producing appellation in the region with history dating back to the ancient Romans.
Your day begins with a visit to Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, located in the western plateau of Saint-Émilion. Classified as a Premier Grand Cru Classé, they currently have vintages being lauded by Robert Parker and Wine Spectator with 90+ ratings. You will be welcomed for a guided tour followed by a tasting of three of their vintages.
After your tasting you will transfer to the picturesque Château de Candale. This charming chateau was built by lady Marguerite de Soffolk Kandale, direct descendant of the King of England Edward III. Chef Cyrille Gallard has designed a three-course menu paired with the estate's wines. Weather permitting, you will enjoy lunch on their beautiful terrace in the middle of the vineyards served with their estate wines.
A short drive brings you to another top winery in the Pomerol appellation - Château Beauregard. Although unclassified, the estate has a reputation as one of the great growths of the region. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to tour the 18th century chateau and the spacious gardens covered in century old trees. Following your estate tour, you will enjoy a tasting of four of their vintages.
Later this afternoon, your guide will lead you into the medieval village of Saint- Émilion for a private tour of the underground hermitage and monolithic church before heading back to the ship.