9:00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel in Bordeaux, or at your boat.
Enjoy a guided visit of the Chateau Giscours*. The Château Giscours vineyard covers four outcrops or croupes: four outstanding terroirs, made up of coarse and medium coarse gravel over steep, well-drained slopes. This abundance of pebbles (40 to 50 %), creating poor, permeable conditions in the soil, contributes hugely to the high quality of the wines. Giscours passed from owner to owner. After the Second World War, Nicolas Tari undertook a general renovation of the estate, one of the most significant works being the creation of an artificial lake, which is today a key element in Giscours’ microclimate. One of the most important tasks was to find an ecological balance for the vineyard. The restoration of the château was then carried out, followed by an overhaul of the vineyard and cellar equipment. Enjoy lunch at leisure in St Emilion.
In the afternoon, drive to the Chateau Cos d’Estournel*, where you will enjoy a full visit, followed by a wine tasting. The vineyard of Cos spreads around the château on 91 hectares. It is composed of several vines: Cabernet Sauvignon vines (60%) and Merlot vines (40%). The percentage of Cabernet and Merlot varies from one vintage to another. Having inherited a few vines near the village of Cos, Louis Gaspard d’Estournel recognized, in 1811, the quality of their wine and decided to vinify them separately. Louis became known as ‘the Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe’. To celebrate his distant conquests, he had exotic pagodas erected over his cellar, and organized spectacular festivities at Cos.
5.00 pm: Drive back to your Hotel or to your boat.