This is the first in a four part series sharing with you my glorious week in Bordeaux. As you know I was a finalist in Millesima’s 2016 International Blogger Awards in the US category of Bordeaux Wine and Travel. As a result of winning this category Millesima hosted myself and five other bloggers, two from the US and three from Europe, for a truly outstanding week in Bordeaux for En Primeurs. I can speak for all six of us when I say we felt like royalty. Not only was the week highly educational but it was filled with amazing wine, food, and hospitality. In this article I am going to take you along my week in Bordeaux with a photo tour highlighting our amazing journey. In an attempt to make it concise as possible I have put most of the photos into collages so please click on them for more details. Let’s begin…
Saturday: Bernard Magrez’s Château Fombrauge was our home for the week. It was a fantastic. A beautiful Château in Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe and we had the full run of the place!
Sunday: We began the day with a tour of Bordeaux city; then an incredible lunch at Grand Maison de Bernard Magrez Joël Robuchon 2 Michelin stars Restaurant; a visit of the Institut Culturel de Bernard Magrez modern art museum; and finally a fun night of wine tasting and awards ceremony at Millesima’s 200 year old downtown Bordeaux warehouse!
Monday: We dove right into the 2015 En Primeur tasting organized by the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux at the brand new Bordeaux football (soccer) stadium; lunch at Château d’Yquem (yes we drank their glorious Sauternes!); conference by the oenlogy department of University of Bordeaux on the 2015 vintage; a silent tasting of 26 Sauternes; finally En Primeur welcome dinner at Château de Fiezual for all participating in En Primeur week
Tuesday: We had a morning tour and tasting at Château Fombrauge followed by an incredible day at Château Pape Clément that was so great it will be featured in its own article
Wednesday: Continuation of tasting the 2015 Bordeaux vintage at Château Malartic-Lagraviere in Pessac-Léognan; a lovely lunch and tasting at Château du Tertre in Margaux, more Sauternes tasting at Château La Lagune in Haut-Medoc; and dinner in downtown Bordeaux at Le Petit Commerce
Thursday: Our epic week of 2015 En Primeur tasting had come to an end; we spent a wonderful morning cruising the Garonne River to Pauillac with our guides Guillaume and Simon of Bordeaux River Cruise; then had an incredible tour, lunch and winemaking class at La Tour Carnet, which will all be featured in its own article; finally a farewell dinner with Millesima at Château Fombrauge
If it sounds incredible and looks incredible than I have properly conveyed the week to you. I must send a warm thank you to all the great people at Millesima for a truly incredible week! They were such amazing hosts and really put together an incredible week in Bordeaux. Additionally, I must thank Bernard Magrez for his incredible hospitality at all his Châteaus, restaurants, museum and everything he did for the six of us. Both Millesima and Bernard Magrez went above and beyond to make us all feel very special at En Primeurs in Bordeaux. As I said at the beginning it was a very educational week but it was also epically amazing! Stay tuned for my next article featuring En Primeur 2015! Cheers!