The Enviable Bordeaux Itinerary; Luxury Wine Tour for 8

There are trips to Bordeaux and then there are *CHEF’S KISS* trips to Bordeaux. This itinerary falls into the latter category, featuring unprecedented visits and access to some of the biggest names in the region.

This 7-day trip for four couples divides time between two elegant luxury villas, one in Bordeaux Center and the other in St. Émilion. Wine and dine your way through the storied names of the left and right bank and also Sauternes. This tour comes complete with a professional English-speaking guide and driver and the chance to walk the history, take in the sights, taste the wines, and enjoy all Bordeaux has to offer!

 

 

Day One: Transfer and Walking Tour

Your driver will pick you up at the airport and deliver you to your first elegant private home centrally located in Bordeaux Center. This luxury accommodation boasts four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a private indoor swimming pool, and includes daily breakfast. After you settle in, get the lay of the land with a private guided walking tour of the city. Dinner is on your own but there are oh so many options!

 

 

Day Two: Médoc

Start the trip off with a bang! Your first visit is with Château Latour. This storied first growth property traces its roots back to 1331 and has a well-documented history of the important role it played in the region’s history. It proudly proclaims that, as early as 1714, a barrel of Latour was worth more than four to five times its counterparts in the region. Savor your tour and tasting with this behemoth.

 

Next, head to Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande for a tour, tasting, and lunch with Nashville Wine Auction friend, Nicholas Glumineau (and l’Eté du Vin Guest of Honor 2013). Dating back to the 17th century, Pichon Lalande has an interesting family history. In 2012, the estate was sold to Maison Louis Roederer. Nicolas, who began his career at Château Haut-Brion and Château Margaux, took over as general manager and winemaker that same year.

 

Perhaps a nap is order before you head to Graves for your evening appointment. Join l’Eté du Vin 2024 Guest of Honor, Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier for a dinner and tasting at the winery. Olivier has promised a very special evening for this group and, if you know Olivier, you know he means what he says.

 

 

Day Three: Graves

The next stop is just outside Bordeaux at Château Haut-Bailly. For over four centuries, this estate has overlooked a 30 hectares vineyard in a single block. Haut-Bailly’s reputation as one of the great wines of Bordeaux dates from the 19th century. You’ll visit their new cellar and experience a vertical tasting of their wines.

 

Château Smith Haut Lafitte

Afterwards, head to Château Smith Haut Lafitte for lunch and a tour. Surrounded by forests, hedges, and hives, the estate stands alone as a green island that will be explored in an extremely interactive experience. Lunch will then consist of a fabulous three-course meal accompanied by Château Smith Haut Lafitte wines to quench your thirst. Designed to limit its environmental impact, the estate obtained its organic agriculture certification and applies many biodynamic practices. With the winery running on positive energy, through low consumption and solar energy, this tour will provide a glance into the future of sustainable viticulture.

 

Closing out this eventful day, you’ll visit and have a tasting at Château Carbonnieux. One of the oldest estates in the Bordeaux region, with the deed for the estate signed in 1292. Having survived the Hundred Years War, the French Revolution, and both World Wars, the Château Carbonnieux is the epitome of strength. This tour and tasting will prove why the estate has stood the test of time and will continue to prosper.

 

 

Day Four: More Médoc

After breakfast you’ll check out of Villa #1, ready to move to Villa #2 in St. Émilion. But first stop by Château Ferrière, the pioneer of biodynamics in the Médoc region, for a tasting. Double-certified in biodynamics by both Demeter and Biodyvin, the wines that the estate produces are incredibly rare because of the way they are produced. The tasting will not only teach you the way biodynamics can enhance terroir, but the incredible ways it promotes sustainability and will protect vineyards for a long time.

Château Montrose

 

Next up is lunch and a tasting with Château Montrose. Montrose offers three main wines: Château Montrose, La Dame de Montrose, and Tertio de Montrose. Each is exceptional and unique, highlighting the terroir and craft of the estate. While enjoying your lunch, take in the magnificent views of the vineyards surrounding the château, the winery, and outbuildings.

 

Head from lunch to St. Émilion, long considered one of France’s most cherished villages with a history dating back to pre-Roman times. It was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in France due to its historic importance, buildings, and wine production. Your home base for the next three nights is an exclusive, historic villa in St. Émilion, Le Pavillon. With great views over vineyards as well as the town, this home features an original sweeping stone staircase and many luxury amenities. All bedrooms have en suite baths and supremely comfortable king-size beds. There is a spacious kitchen, formal dining room, wine club style sitting room, reading room, and a courtyard garden. Also, this villa is in a spectacular location, a mere 10-minute walk to Premiere Grand Cru wine châteaux, Michelin starred restaurants, wine shops, art galleries, and markets.

 

After you settle in your villa, you can wander through the streets of St. Émilion and perhaps work with your guide to make reservations at the infamous Michelin starred La Table de Pavie.

 

 

Day Five: St. Émilion & Pomerol

Château Angelus

Hit the ground running with a tour and tasting at the famous Château Angelus. Situated in a natural amphitheater, the Angelus bells can be heard ringing in the morning, at midday, and in the evening. When they were rung in the 1800s, the laborers would stop working for a few minutes and pray. This scene was captured by French impressionist painter, Jean-Francois Millet in his magnificent work “The Angelus,” which is now on display in Paris’ Musée d’Orsay. With eight generations of the Bouard de Laforest, this tour will show the past, the present, and the future of St. Émilion and winemaking.

 

Billy Ray Hearn’s very favorite Bordeaux, Château Cheval Blanc, is your next appointment, where you will enjoy a tasting and lunch. The Château prides itself on giving visitors an intimate and personal tasting experience allowing you to enjoy the wine for its excellence – not following any rules or regulations. For lunch, the team is very particular about what they serve to ensure that the best pairings are made. With multiple accolades for their wines, dating back to their first gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in1878, Château Cheval Blanc is going to be a highlight of the trip!

 

 

Day Six: Sauternes

Begin this sweet escapade in the heart of Sauternes at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey. Experience the 18-hectare property through its vineyard, cellars, and the Chapel – entirely decorated by luxury French glassmaker Lalique. The Chapel, nestled in the heart of the property is a perfect meeting of wine and spirit. The estate is a temple to emotion, and it is clear in the spirit and expressive character of the wines you’ll taste and the estate itself.

 

Château d’Yquem

Next, pop over to the neighbor’s place. Not a bad gig, since the neighbor is the one, the only… Château d’Yquem! This impressive manor house overlooks the Sauternes countryside from a hill south of Bordeaux. The building was famous as long ago as the Enlightenment. You’ll enjoy a private tour and tasting of the “divine nectar,” along with lunch at the winery.

 

Finally, round out your time in Sauternes with a tour and tasting at Château Climens. The Climens team will showcase the biodynamic vineyard, unusual herbal tearoom, Cistercian-style barrel cellars, and the elegance of their estate’s wines. Two wines you’ll have an opportunity to taste are the Asphodele and Château Climens 1er Cru Classé. This is the perfect experience to put an exclamation point on an amazing trip!

 

 

 

Day Seven: Au Revoir

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and it is time to say “Au Revoir” to Bordeaux. Fortunately, you have a treasure trove of memories to take with you, and most likely a bunch of memorabilia (aka wine shipments) en route to your home.

 

This trip has all the ingredients needed for an unforgettable trip to Bordeaux! A great group of friends, luxury accommodations, top notch wine tasting, and the world of Bordeaux at your fingertips… Now is the time to raise that paddle and lock in your escapade!

 

 

This trip for 4 couples includes:

• 3-night stay at private villa in Bordeaux Center

 

• 3-night stay at Le Pavillon Villa in St. Émilion

 

• Dinner with Olivier Bernard at Domaine de Chevalier

 

• Lunches with Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Château Cheval Blanc, Château d’Yquem, Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Château Montrose

 

• Tour and Tasting appointments with Château Latour, Château Angelus, Château Haut-Bailly, Château Carbonnieux, Château Ferrière, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Château Climens

 

• Driver for all appointments and daily professional guide

 

• All transfers on arrival and departure

 

 

Please note: The itinerary presented is a complete trip for four couples. You can customize your itinerary, upgrade your accommodations or add additional days. Work with Nashville Wine Auction staff after the auction to book and/or upgrade your trip. Additional costs over what is listed above are the responsibility of the buyer(s). Please contact Nashville Wine Auction team with potential travel dates to verify supplier availability before booking flights.

 

Restrictions: Trip must be booked by December 2025. Itinerary subject to change based on availability at time of booking. Trip does not include airfare/train travel, additional meals, drinks, and transfers not specified in the itinerary. Personal expenses, tips and gratuities, travel insurance (strongly recommended) are also not included. For best availability of suppliers, a minimum of three months advance notice of selected dates is required. Trip restrictions apply, see Trip Guidelines in the Auction Rules and Reference section of the catalog.

 

Donated by: Domaine de Chevalier, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, and Friends of Nashville Wine Auction