Bordovino Wine Tour with A La Française

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One of the places that has been on my french to do list is visiting Bordeaux and what would a visit of Bordeaux be without a wine tour. This was extra special for me because I was traveling with my sister before upcoming wedding. I wanted to treat her to incredible experience that she would be able to remember of her time here in France. I searched and searched, finally stumbled upon Bordovino! A wine tour company that specializes in small group tours exploring Chateau in many towns of the wine region. What impressed me most when visiting their website was all the tour options they had and the different areas of the region available to explore! I knew my sister had a limited time in Bordeaux, less than 24 hours so I was so grateful to see that Bordovino offered a morning tour option as well! This time slot was perfect for us because we were leaving in the evening!  In addition, I loved that they offered a pick up service in the center of town which takes you to the wine region! This made it not only very easy but allowed us to enjoy ourselves without having to think about driving (because let’s be honest - drinking and driving is not cool!). We ultimately selected the Morning Wine Tour in Graves - and I couldn't have been more happier with our decision!

The tour started at around 9:45 in the morning where we met our in the center of town in Bordeaux. During the ride to the region, our lovely tour guide Tiphaine provide us with information about Bordeaux wines and explained to us that over 9,000 chateaus in the Bordeaux region! She also explained how much the city has changed in the last 20 years, and went through the years where it is at is best (years ending with 6 and 9 exceptionnel, years ending in 0 and 5 great, and years ending in 3 and 7 were “challenging” years for the Bordeaux region).

Bordovino organized the first vist with the  Chateau Carbonnieux, a family run business where the grandmother still lives there.  The chateau which is located in the appellation Pessac Leognan and it one of the first estates listed in the Graves wine classification and is part of the Grand Cru Classé and Grand Vin de Graves, a prestigious wine ranking in France.

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As we pulled up to the chateau, I was completely in awe of the building and the rich history we were about to explore.  The Chateau Carbonnieux is known for both its reds and white. Our timing for the visit could not have been more perfect as we were therefore the harvesting of the grapes - on this day, there were harvesting the grapes for white wine! During the tour, we walked around the vat rooms and the celler, and met one of the family members of Chateau while obtaining a lot of information about the wine making process. At the end of the tour, we tasted two of the wines from the Chateau - a red and a white! Both were amazing, so I walked away buying two bottles!  

I loved sampling the wines with a new found knowledge and love for the region!  As an additional treat, Bordovino provided a french apertif of French cheese, meats and chocolate! Ending our three hour tour, our guide drove us back to the city center. If you ever in Bordeaux, I highly recommend booking a tour with Bordovino ! I cannot recommend them enough - in addition to providing a wonderful tour, they organized everything and made the trip very easy! I can’t wait to go back to the region and try some of the other tours in the near future!

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