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Visit some good Chateau in Bordeaux

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:04 am
by alex.lee
Hi wine connoisseurs, friends who are familiar with Bordeaux,

Anyone can help to connect and recommend which chateau(s) we should visit when my family and I are there in September 16-18, 2016? It is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and we will take TGV from Paris, so essentially only have Friday afternoon, Saturday whole day, and Sunday morning. I understand some chateaus are closed on Sat/Sun.

Our favourite wines are from Margaux, Pauillac, St Julien (left bank), and Pomerol & St Emilion (right bank). No need to visit all first growth (but 1 or 2 will be nice), we are equally keen on second and third growth.

Anyone who can recommend either a good value wine tour, or a negociant to help us arrange and contact the chateaus will be greatly appreciated. I would imagine we can possibly visit 4-5 chateaus maximum in 2 days.

Thank you in advance.

Alex from Far East (Hong Kong)

Re: Visit some good Chateau in Bordeaux

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 2:28 pm
by Jeff Leve
Hi Alex

Thank you for the post and the question. Please read this article on how to visit Bordeaux Chateaux. It will give you all the information you need. If you have other questions, please feel free to post. ... -tastings/

Re: Visit some good Chateau in Bordeaux

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:55 am
by alex.lee
Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your reply. I have read the article.

We are likely to stay at Les Sources de Caudalie checking in 16 Sept, checking out 18 Sept; on the left bank of Martillac. We will sure visit Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte which is nearby.

Any suggestion on how best to maximize our time visiting at least 5-6 good chateaus/vineyards across the two days?
We prefer Medoc/left bank, so ideally whole of 17 Sept (Sat) visiting 3 vineyards on the left bank, and on 16 Sept (Fri) afternoon, visiting 2 vineyards on the right bank.

If you can provide a list of good chateaus which are open on Friday afternoon and Saturday that will be greatly appreciated. Also, appreciate if you can recommend a good wine tasting tour which is knowledgeable, able to get us into good chateaus, and reasonably-priced.

Thank you in advance, Jeff.


Re: Visit some good Chateau in Bordeaux

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 2:12 pm
by Jeff Leve
Hi Alex

Sorry for the delay in responding. I am actually in Bordeaux at the moment.

I am not sure which estates are open Saturday. Your choices are limited, you can try Fonplegade in St. Emilion. As for specific chateaux, honest, my best advice is to request to visit the estates that make the wine you buy. Do not worry about anything else. You will have a much better experience as that will mean something to you on a personal level.