09.00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel in Bordeaux.
You will first enjoy a guided visit and wine tasting in the prestigious Château Pavie*. The first vines in St-Emilion were planted in Pavie in the 4th century. However, it was not until the 19th century that the vineyard in Pavie started to take shape. The wine is ranked “Grand Cru classé B” since 1954. Gerard Perse bought the estate in 1993 and did wonders for the wine: it is now acknowledged by specialists around the world. The vines are facing South, without maturing too early. The grape variety is now 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Lunch at leisure.
You will end this enriching tour visiting the Chateau Ferrand. *With more than 300 years’ history, Chateau Ferrand is one of the oldest estate in St Emilion. The estate is nowadays managed by Pauline Bich Chandon-Moët, with the help of her husband, Philippe Chandon-Moët. The unique character of the wine comes from an exceptional terroir: Merlot (75%), Cabernet franc (15%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). The vines are planted at an altitude that ranges from 46m to 100m above sea level, making it the highest and most ventilated vineyards in St Emilion. The vineyard was mapped in a large scale, with four different types of soil. All soils share a common feature, a high concentration of clay: clay-rich soils in Bordeaux offer great wine making potential.
5.00 pm: Drop off at your Hotel or boat in Bordeaux.