The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour: Stay at a Chateau and taste all First Growths
"What you offer here is unmatchable"
Excellent in every way. We look forward to our third visit (for another once-in-a-lifetime trip).
Bonnie and Jim C. AZ, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
"We both enjoyed ourselves even more than the first time (!)"
We loved how you managed between you to meld our group of strangers into a bunch of friends by the end of the week.
Prue and Ross M, Western Australia (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour 2014 and the Grand Tour of Bordeaux 2012)
"We didn’t think it could be better than the first time, but it has been."
We were unsure how you could improve on our earlier visit, but you did. We loved every bit of this wonderful tour! All in all: WOW!
Jim and Joyce G, Indiana, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour 2014 and The Grand Tour of Bordeaux 2005)
"Best tour ever!"
It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. That is unless you plan on going back and doing it again like we do.
Jeff G and Connie H, CA, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
"We really enjoyed the new kitchen, the market and the cooking experience."
Our first visit felt like a once in a lifetime experience and yet this trip really exceeded our expectations.
Jim and Diann G, MO, USA (The 2016 Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour and the Bordeaux Harvest Tour 2012)
"What a great time!"
We learnt a lot and laughed a lot and enjoyed some amazing meals in chateaus and restaurants, and of course were treated to a great selection of wine.
A TripAdvisor reviewer
"Each day was better than the last…"
Ronald, your knowledge of wine, the history of the region and your wit and humor are fantastic. Loved every minute!!!
Anita and Max W, Ca, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
"Ronald, we especially enjoyed your wit and sense of humor"
Your encyclopedic knowledge of wines and Bordeaux is amazing! We learned so much.
Jeff G and Connie H, CA, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
"We plan on returning for a fourth experience!"
Although this is our third time with you, our experience has been even more fresh and exciting than the first.
Laurie and Bill B, OH, USA (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux 2016 & the Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour 2015 & The Grand Tour of Bordeaux 2014)
"The second time was even better than the first"
Your warmth and passion for what you do, your attention to detail, your caring for each other and all of us, makes this a most special experience.
Sandy and Don G, FL, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour 2015 and the Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour June 2008)
"The final dinner at Chateau Coulon was absolutely superb!"
Ronald decapitated a magnum of champagne with his sword and we indulged in some of the best wine we have ever consumed.
Lyle K. on TripAdvisor on the Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour
"Our time with you will remain with us as a lifelong memory"
The week we spent with you has been highly relaxing and informative. We recognize the extensive planning and preparation of the “tour”.
Jenny and Paul S, WA, Australia (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
"We have felt welcomed and pampered from the first moment we began our trip"
We are leaving with a sense of history and hope to share what we have learned with our family and friends.
Barry and Malca R, Ontario, Canada (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
"The wine, the food and friendship left nothing to be desired!"
There was even more laughter this time, maybe we felt even more at home. The kitchen is quite spectacular + fun for us all to work your magic.
Dale and Willa H, Tenessee, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour 2015 and the Grand Tour of Bordeaux 2012)
"It truly surpassed all of our expectations"
A once in a lifetime experience that we will never forget. It was an incredible anniversary trip for us. Year 1! Yeah!
Adam and Adriana T, NJ, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
"A truly remarkable week setup to perfection"
Thank you for providing an experience, which will assure our honeymoon memories last forever.
Jim & Katie C, Ohio, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
"One of the most enjoyable vacations I ever had"
Your knowledge of wine at times was overwhelming but never pretentious. Staying at your Chateau made the trip all the more special.
Al P, SC, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
"This kind of personal travel experience is priceless"
“Of course, the food-excellent, the wines-unbelievable, but the experience of Bordeaux through your eyes allows a personal experience that let’s us feel like an “insider!”
Dana and Garry S. (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
"An amazing experience in every way"
We loved the wine, food, countryside and of course your hospitality. It all exceeded our expectations in every way.
Gavin and Sue L, Sidney, Australia (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
"This experience was beyond our wildest expectations"
The wines tasted on the tour are really wonderful and delicious.
A TripAdvisor reviewer on The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour
"We loved being part of the Bordeaux Wine Experience!"
Ronald, your knowledge, enthusiasm, and fantastic storytelling ability have made this such a personal and heartfelt experience.
Kristin and Darren N, Nevada, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
"The tour exceeded our expectations in both the food and the wine"
Ronald’s wit was always appreciated. As I love cooking the cooking class was a highlight of our time here.
Jan and Bill M, Melbourne Australia (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour)
Get ready for an unforgettable experience
Do something extraordinary: This ultimate wine tour for Bordeaux lovers, is as good as it gets! This is without a doubt the most exclusive tour we offer. Can you believe that you will see and taste all five First Growths and Superior First Growth Chateau d’Yquem? And many of them will be older vintages! Of course we include the best of Saint Emilion and Pomerol as well. Add to this outstanding meals at exceptional venues not normally open to the public and you’ll see why this tour usually sells out early. This dazzling Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour is your chance to experience and taste the very best that Bordeaux has to offer.
→The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour I, June 4 – June 9, 2018
(One last single room available, special rates apply contact us today!)
→The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour I (June 3 – June 8, 2019)
→The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour II (June 17 – June 22, 2019)
(Open for booking – contact us today!)
- 6 days, 5 nights
- Exclusive touring: limited to six double/twin rooms and one single
- All-inclusive tour price: € 5995 euro (per person, double or twin occupancy)
- Carefree and truly effortless touring in Bordeaux: We take care of everything, really everything
- Due to the exclusive nature of these tours, this program will sell out
- Your tour hosts and Bordeaux Wine and Culinary Experts:
- Ronald Rens, M. Sc., Wine Master, Bordeaux Specialist
- Margaret Rens, M. Sc., Wine Master, Culinary Expert.
Ask for an itinerary of the Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour here
Experience the very best Bordeaux has to offer
This tour is a Grand Cru Experience in every way, both in food as in wine
On this acclaimed Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour you’ll have the opportunity of visiting and tasting at leading Chateaux of the Medoc, Saint Emilion and Pomerol that normally are closed to the public. Be among the first to taste the latest vintage and enjoy our personal selection of library wines.
On our Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour you taste more wines then on any other wine tour. And most wines will be over ten years old! But there is more as we visit other specifically selected outperforming chateaux of both left bank and right bank.
Education about Bordeaux, its history and its wines and wine making
The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour traditionally starts with a fun masterclass on Bordeaux wine tasting. You’ll learn all about grape varieties, terroir, appellations, classifications, tasting, decanting and much more. You’ll become more familiar and knowledgeable about Bordeaux wines in a fun and down-to-earth and friendly atmosphere in the company of fellow wine lovers. You’ll learn about Left Bank and Right Bank and understand the difference between them. In short, you’ll expand your Bordeaux wine knowledge while enjoying great food and great wine. Enough extraordinary wine experiences to make your head spin!
An immersion in the French lifestyle
This unique tour for food and wine lovers combines the best wines of Bordeaux with exclusive gourmet meals. And if that’s not enough, you will sample your way around one of the oldest regional open-air food markets while foraging ingredients. In the spacious kitchen of Chateau Coulon Laurensac you will experience an interesting cooking class while enjoying some great Bordeaux wines. You’ll taste the classical wines of both Saint Emilion and Medoc and have an Armagnac tasting of older vintages, some of them over 40 years old!
Enjoy a truly culinary experience
As part of a small, select group we can open doors for you that remain closed for others. Can you believe that you’ll indulge in a daily lunch at a Bordeaux Chateau? And there is more: the for dinner we take you to the most renowned restaurants of the area, including Bordeaux’s most elegant Michelin-starred restaurant.
Grand Cru wines with all meals
And of course you will taste Grand Cru wines with all meals. And to round it all off you’ll be invited into the private dining room of our own 18th century Château Coulon Laurensac for a Farewell dinner like you’ve never experienced before. Our private chef will prepare another remarkable meal for us that we will match by an impressive succession of library wines that have been aging in our cellar, including Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour and Superior First Growth Chateau d’Yquem of over 20 years old! . We’ll light the candles in our dining room and share another delicious meal to conclude this amazing experience.
Stay at our private Chateau
During your tour with the Bordeaux Wine Experience you’ll stay at the beautiful Château Coulon Laurensac, Ronald and Margaret’s home. On the riverbanks of the Garonne River -just outside Bordeaux- this enchanting Château (built in 1724!) is the perfect starting point for tours in all the famous wine regions of the Bordeaux area.
What you can expect from The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour*
- Carefree and truly effortless travel in Bordeaux: We take care of everything, really everything!
- See and taste all 5 First Growths and Château d’Yquem!
- Grand Cru wines with all meals (except breakfast…)!
- Indulge in gourmet meals at Bordeaux Chateaux and in a famous Michelin-starred restaurant!
- Great food and a lot of fun in a small group with Expert (and humorous) guidance by Ronald!
- An entertaining concise cooking class!
- Air-conditioned accommodation at our privately owned 18th century chateau!
- Air-conditioned, luxury motor coach transportation throughout the tour!
- Grand Cru Farewell Dinner with all Grand Cru wines (including Latour, Lafite Rothschild and Superior First Growth Chateau d’Yquem of over 20 years old!).
“For those of you who think that this is a tour for wine snobs, or for snobs or pretentious people in general, think again.
This tour was somehow the epitome of down to earth – from our terrific tour mates to the anti-snob Rens, who literally welcome you into their home as family. Read their website, visit their Facebook page and if all it seems to good to be real, just wait… the EXPERIENCE is even better.”
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Tour with local experts and ask for an itinerary of the Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour here!
We take care of everything, really everything
Once your Bordeaux Wine Tour begins you can relax knowing that you’ll only need to open your wallet when you go off exploring on your own, have one meal on your own on your free night in Bordeaux or when you decide to buy souvenirs or wine to ship home. The tour rate covers everything during your experience with us: guides, accommodations, all meals but one, all wines, excursions, all entrance fees, tasting fees, tips, taxes and gratuities. Tipping is neither required nor expected.
Itinerary subject to change, every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as close as possible to what appeared here; however the final itinerary may vary due to wine chateaux schedules, availabilities and other factors beyond our control.