On arrival we enjoy a private tour of this historic property, followed by a tasting of special bottles direct from the cellars, hosted by the château’s Chef de Cave, Pierre-Olivier Clouet. Afterwards, a sumptuous meal paired with mature vintages of Cheval Blanc awaits us on the terrace overlooking the estate, served while the sun sets over its stunning vineyards. You are invited to bring a bottle of Cheval Blanc – or another special non-Bordeaux wine – from your own cellar to share, paulée-style, with our hosts and fellow guests. We will continue the party until the longest day of the year is done.
We begin our Bordeaux experience with a welcome lunch at the Michelin-starred Garopapilles restaurant, one of the city’s most exciting gastronomic experiences for wine lovers. Afterwards, we transfer in style in a fleet of comfortable cars to our accommodation for the duration of the trip, the superb, one-of-a-kind Château Grand Barrail, where we have time to freshen up and change into casual chic.
In the evening, we celebrate the Summer Solstice with an intimate, exclusive party at one of the greatest wine estates in the world, Château Cheval Blanc. This promises to be an unforgettable evening, a money simply-cannotbuy moment that few will ever experience.
Afterwards, we have the choice either to spend the afternoon indulgently in the unique Vinotherapie spa at the stunning five star Les Sources de Caudalie hotel, or to experience a tasting with the top winemaking team at one of the oldest and most prominent estates in Graves, Château Smith Haut Lafitte.
That evening, we will enjoy an intimate meal at La Table du Lavoir, Caudalie’s convivial bistro-style restaurant with exceptional food, in the notable company of Daniel and Florence Cathiard, the genial owners and managers of Smith Haut Lafitte, whilst enjoying their fabulous wines.
After a leisurely morning enjoying the beautiful environment of the unique Château Grand Barrail, we begin the next moment of our Bordeaux voyage of discovery with a private brunch at one of the most impressive – and famous – properties in the region, Château d’Yquem. In the company of the passionate and engaging Pierre Lurton, the CEO of the estate, we will experience the greatest sweet wines in the world paired with the best seasonal local ingredients and dishes.
We finish the weekend with a relaxed and informal oyster lunch on the stunning terrace of La Corniche restaurant overlooking the gorgeous bay at Pyla-sur-Mer. We transfer back to Bordeaux in style having experienced a trip like no other, marrying the nature, history, prestige and conviviality of Bordeaux and some if its most special wines.