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Bordeaux Barge Wine Cruise

Reference: PSS

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Tour dates: 21 October - 27 October 2018
Cost per person:  A$7,950 in twin-shared cabin

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Escorted by your Master of Wine Peter SCUDAMORE-SMITH


7 Day / 6 Night barge all inclusive wine cruise 


INTRODUCTION By Peter Scudamore-Smith

Fancy becoming a Bordeaux wine aficionado with a leading Australian Master of Wine! And discover you are in company with a Cognac-born tour leader guiding your new experiences to special places. 
Combine your Gallic wine and food tour with a different cabin vista daily on the Garonne, Gironde and the Dordogne. Glide by and discover the taste grandeur of the manicured left and right bank Chateaux vineyards. Devote yourself to the sensuous enjoyment of travelling and savouring first class wine and food themed by a long-time Bordeaux collector.
Immerse in the heart of Aquitaine culture in savouring the flavours of south west France. A perfect wine pairing elevates delectable tastes to greatness, and who better to advise you in his laconic fashion than Peter Scudamore-Smith? This is an extraordinary opportunity to perfect your palate and comprehend white, red and botrytis Bordeaux.
You can look forward to themed visits to the great communes - Pauillac, Margaux, Saint Emilion and Sauternes to complement your scenic and historical visits. Expect the very best of locale-specific dishes on day visits and at evenings on your floating restaurant. Eat traditional, contemporary and post-modern meal styles; ingredients in season and characterful cabernet sauvignon and merlot blends from the big estates.

Make time to immerse yourself in the neo-modernist architecture of the city of Bordeaux, France’s 5th largest. Highlights include the historic city centre, The Bourse, The Opera Theatre, Grand Hotel de Bordeaux and many Gothic period buildings. Once a bustling port for trade, including wine shipping, the restored old wharf area, the Quai de Chartrons has much to see, drink and eat.
You’ll be able to revisit your bon vivant holiday memories, as Peter’s selections for wine pairings are available for you to buy in Australia.  


Day 1 Sunday Evening 21 October: Castets-en-Dorthe
Your barge is moored at Castets-en-Dorthe in the famous Sauternes appellation on the Garonne River. We collect you from 15:00 at Saint Jean Station in Bordeaux city in time to join the barge for welcome drinks at 18:00. Our first featured dinner of local cuisines introduces the wine varieties and regions of Bordeaux.

Day 2 Monday 22 October: Cadillac
Today we depart from Castets-en-Dourthe for dual visits to Château D’Yquem, the region’s sole First Growth or to Château Rieussec, a highly-rated Premier Growth of Domaines Rothschild, both properties making luscious dessert table wines. Afterwards we discover the local Sauternais charcuterie at Le Saprien matching delectable cold plates, artisanal breads, with the local botrytis wine style. For a post lunch walk we take a tourist visit to the 800-year-old Château Roquetaillade in Mazeres. We return to our barge which has moved mooring further up the Garonne to Cadillac in Entre-de-Mers. Dinner features local artisanal ingredients and the wines of Saint-Julien and Saint-Estephe.

Day 3 Tuesday 23 October: Bordeaux
By morning we moor in Bordeaux City on the expansive estuary and port of the region, the Gironde where Bordeaux wine has been shipped to English courts for centuries. We are visiting Graves today with dual visits to the cru Classé Château La Mission Haut-Brion and nearby Château Haut Smith Lafitte cru Classé in Pessac-Leognan. Afterwards we gather at the nearby Les Sources de Caudalie resort to enjoy a vineyard workers’ lunch at La Table de Lavoir. Your afternoon is free to take a cultural walking tour of the city including the La Cité du Vin. Dinner is taken moored in Bordeaux city, featuring local Bordelais specialties paired with the wines of Margaux and the Haut-Medoc. 

Day 4 Wednesday 24 October: Bordeaux
Today our barge remains moored in Bordeaux city. We are taking a masterclass tasting at the Bordeaux Wine School with a short walk down Cours du 30 Juillet. With an appetite after tannic dry wines we return for a seafood lunch on-board. Here local food lovers have high regard for langoustines and Arcachon oysters paired with Bordeaux blancs. Then take some free time for shopping and exploring until we meet 17:30 in the cellars of the fabulous affineur Jean d’Alos for insights to aging the alpine Ossau and Iraty Basque cheese. Your evening is free to dine from our list of enlightening chefs’ tables or traditional establishments. We arise next day moored in Pauillac-Bourg.

Day 5 Thursday 25 October: Pauillac-Bourg 
We are in the Medoc on the Gironde. We have First Growth tours and tastings in Pauillac at Château Mouton-Rothschild or in Margaux at Château Margaux. We follow our first class tastings with a lazy bistro lunch at Le Savoie in Margaux village. After enjoying local terrines and gateaux take a visit to a proud portion of local gastronomic heritage at Mademoiselle de Margaux, a local ingredient-fed luxury chocolate factory. Your dinner this evening features foods from the marsh lands to the east and wines from Pauillac, Margaux and cru Bourgeois.

Day 6 Friday 26 October: Libourne
We leave the Gironde for Libourne, mooring on the Dordogne River. The day is busy: first either visit the fabulous newly-rebuilt Saint Emilion grand cru Château Cheval Blanc growing cabernet franc and merlot or the just-promoted Premier Growth Château Angelus in Pomerol, a merlot vineyard. Next stop is the sole Australian-owned Bordeaux property, thrice re-built since 1307, the Serisier family’s Château Cadillac near Fronsac. We lunch and enjoy merlot on the terrace overlooking the Dordogne. Your afternoon is free to stroll the cobbled streets of UNESCO-listed Saint Emilion for shopping and decadence, or historical site tours. Your final creative evening dinner is supported by pairing of the wines of Pomerol and Saint Emilion.

Day 7 Saturday 27 October: Libourne
Your tour ends 9:00am. Guests return to Saint Jean or depart for other ports.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change until a few weeks prior to the cruise.

Included in the tour:

  • Personalised service of tour leader by Peter Scudamore-Smith, Master of Wine
  • and director of Uncorked and Cultivated
  • Private accommodation with shower & toilet. Full board: all meals are served on the
  • boat (participants on Châteaux visits have lunch off the barge)
  • All alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages on board
  • Visits, excursions and tastings
  • Guide and crew from 4 to 7 people
  • Private bus for touring
  • Group Transfers bus station Bordeaux-Mirabelle


Biography of Peter Scudamore-Smith
Peter Scudamore-Smith is a highly accredited Australian Master of Wine and Vin de Champagne award winner.
He is 40 years-experienced as winemaker and wine judge and more recently established himself as a wine-exploring personal tour host.  Peter creates entire tours from his Brisbane wine studio - land travel, specialised winery visits, restaurant-themed meals and starred accommodation.  He explores European wine regions with an introduction-only  program of experiences drawing from his background in food science, coffee cupping and wine design.  Since 2011 Australians have been led on tasting trails in the wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhone in France and Piedmont, Tuscany and Sicily in Italy. He seeks out original experiences including best-on-offer visits to wineries, intuitive wine pairing with food plates and an immersion in the culture of places visited. He excels at wine education on tour with travellers.