An epic excursion to Bordeaux’ five legendary First Growth vineyards, with private tours of each for two (2) couples
The year was 1982. E.T. was tops at the box office and Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” was lighting up the charts. In France, Bordeaux had just completed one of its earliest harvests in its history; following a picture-perfect summer and balmy autumn.
Critical reaction to these rich, fleshy wines was mixed… perhaps due to the legacy of a decade of mostly mediocre vintages, some condemned the wines as untraditional. Others were convinced that early ripening Bordeaux lacked the ability to age. One critic, however, was ecstatic after tasting barrel samples, and advised his newsletter readers to purchase as many futures of these wines as they could afford. When the 1982 vintage was released, it received near universal accolades. Robert Parker, Jr., the critic who first recognized the greatness of the vintage, went from newsletter author, to one of the most influential critics in the field. Tastings after tastings have reaffirmed the greatness of what has often been called the “vintage of the century.”
This collection of 1982 First Growth Bordeaux wines is like a wish list for wine heaven—a magnificent and incredibly rare 5 Liter bottle of Lafite Rothschild, along with bottles Château Haut-Brion, Château Latour, Château Margaux and Château Mouton Rothschild. Each bottle is a legend, having shed the powerful tannic grip of their youth and acquired remarkable secondary nuances such as cedar and spice box. They are truly showpieces, and this is a unique opportunity to savor a historical vintage – complemented by private visits to some of the world’s most renowned properties.
Together, two lucky couples will make their way to Bordeaux for an amazing adventure into the heart of First Growth territory and terroir. At Château Lafite Rothschild, you’ll take an exclusive tour that includes a visit to the Château’s cellars and a private tasting and dinner at the Château, hosted by president and CEO Jean-Guillaume Prats.
You’ll also journey to Château Margaux, where you will indulge in an exclusive cellar tour, complete with a private tasting and lunch. Once known as “La Mothe de Margaux,” this property dates back 1,000 years, and was reserved for use by royalty. Today, the vineyards are planted with 80 hectares of vines, and still sought by the wealthy and elite; indeed, in 1771, Château Margaux was the first wine to appear in a Christie’s catalog.
Château Haut-Brion is also on your itinerary, with a private tasting and lunch. With one of the longest and most fascinating histories of any Bordeaux vineyard, this special terroir has been prized for growing grapes for almost 600 years.
At Château Latour, be the special guest at another tour and private tasting. One of the oldest wine producing properties in the Pauillac appellation, and with a history dating back to the 14th-century, Latour is also regarded by some as one of Bordeaux’s most consistent; the 2009 vintage has been called “spellbinding” and “regal.” Finally, you will enjoy a tour of Château Mouton, complete with private tasting at the Château, beginning in the vat room, followed by the spectacular and historical 100-meter Barrel Room. Discover the Museum of Wine in Art’s unique collection and the Paintings for the Labels Room where the original artworks of famous contemporary artists, such as Picasso, Chagall, Gu Gan, Anish Kapoor, and Jeff Koons, are on display.
Your accommodations during this sojourn are none other than Château Cordeillan-Bages, a Relais & Châteaux property tucked within a 17th-century charterhouse. Here, you are invited to discover true art de vivre. Around a garden, the bright guestrooms possess a muted, timeless décor, while the pool, sauna and terraces create a haven of well-being. In the dining room, the chef proposes a delightful dialogue between contemporary cuisine and the Bordeaux grand crus.
There’s only one chance to be first – now, grow and get it!
Roundtrip, Business Class Airfare from the United States needs to originate from and return to a major city, such as New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas or Miami, Florida. Ground transportation in France is not included. Visits are to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates at least three (3) months in advance and are not available on weekends or on bank holidays.
Rosann & Bill Nunnelly, Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Haut-Brion, Artemis Domaines – Château Latour, Château Margaux and Château Mouton Rothschild
Airfare donated by Teddy & Bob Edwards and Susie & David McCurry