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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:  to be advised in June 2017

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TBA in June 2017

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Escorted by your Master of Wine Peter SCUDAMORE-SMITH


7 Day / 6 Night barge all inclusive wine cruise 

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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: Castets-en-Dorthe, Sauternes on the Garonne. We collect you from 15:00 at Saint Jean Station, 18:00 for welcome drinks and featured dinner introducing the wine varieties and regions of Bordeaux, local cuisines and cultures are explained.

DAY 2: Cadillac in Entre-de-Mers on the Garonne. Visits to Chateau D’Yquem and Sweet Bordeaux in Cérons to encounter the semillon and sauvignon grapes, botrytis importance and traditions to enjoy dessert table wine; afterwards a tourist visit to 800-year-old Chateau Roquetaillade in Mazeres awaits. We have a Sauternais-style scenic picnic lunch nearby. Dinner features local artisanal ingredients and the wines of Graves and Entre-de-Mers.

DAY 3: Bordeaux City on the Gironde. Take a cultural walking tour of the city including Le Cite du Vin. Your seafood lunch profiles foodies’ high regard for Arcachon oysters paired with Bordeaux blancs. Then 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.

DAY 4: Blaye on the Gironde. We explore prehistory with a walking tour of the Tour of Blaye and the UNESCO rated 16th century 38-hectare Citadel, then take a casual bistro lunch featuring local breads. The hosted wine tasting is the Cotes de Bordeaux Maison du Vin and Chateau de Blaye. Afterwards we discover the Route de la Corniche Fleurie on return to our floating hotel. Dinner includes estuary ingredients and the wines of the Cotes de Bordeaux, Blaye, Bourg, the Haut-Medoc and some Cru Bourgeois.

DAY 5: Pauillac-Bourg in Medoc on the Gironde. Tours and tastings in Pauillac at Chateau Pontet-Canet and Chateau Mouton-Rothschild followed by lazy bistro lunch 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 luxury chocolate factory encasing local ingredients. Your dinner features wines from Saint Julien and Margaux.

DAY 6: Libourne on the Dordogne. Today is a busy visit day, first to the fabulous newly-rebuilt Saint Emilion grand cru Chateau Cheval Blanc growing cabernet franc and merlot. Following is the nearby merlot-dominant Chateau Angelus for a visit and tasting. Next stop for lunch at the sole Australian-owned Bordeaux property at the thrice re-built Chateau Cadillac since 1307 near Fronsac, for merlot drinks on a 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 the wines of Pomerol and Saint Emilion.

DAY 7: Libourne on the Dordogne. Your tour ends 9:00; guests return to Gare Saint Jean Station or depart for other ports.

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.