What a delightful surprise. My lovely wife Beth decided to celebrate my milestone birthday by treating me to a wine tour of Bordeaux, something we had been talking about for some time. The catch was that neither one of us is big on “group tours”, but we realized that if we wanted to experience the grand chateaux, exceptional wines and fine cuisine of Bordeaux we could not simply do it on our own.
Beth did some research and found the “Bordeaux Wine Experience”. By its description, the Bordeaux Wine Experience seemed rather exceptional - particularly given the tour’s full-bodied and richly coloured daily itineraries. It was also pointed out that the tour group would be kept to no more than thirteen people.
From the moment we arrived at Chateau Coulon Laurensac, Margaret and Ronald Rens greeted us with grace and charm. Even Easy, the family guard dog got into the act by acknowledging our arrival with a few high pitched barks. We felt very welcome and were anxious to get started on our Bordeaux experience.
The four-day tour was chalk a bloc with visits to some of Bordeaux’s finest chateaux, mostly Premiere Grand Cru Classé, accompanied by outstanding wine tastings - simply superb. Exceptional lunches at some of the chateaux were followed by equally outstanding dinners in the evenings at some of the best restaurants in Bordeaux - delicious as well as delightful.
As the tour progressed we came to realize and appreciate Ronald’s vast knowledge of wines and wine making, the history of Bordeaux, his outstanding network of wine makers, amusing stories and of course the wine tastings. As part of the tour group we were automatically beneficiaries of all his many years of hard work that featured visits to exceptional chateaux, and tastings of many superior Bordeaux vintages. Behind the scenes there was a great deal of attention to detail, and as a result everything went very smoothly, and we were made to feel very special – imagine arriving at a chateau that is flying your national flag to welcome you.
You soon realize that for team Margaret & Ronald this is not simply another job or another tour group. They went out of their way to ensure that everyone was enjoying the “Bordeaux Wine Experience”, had everything they needed, and were comfortable during their stay at Chateau Coulon Laurensac. This is their passion, and we felt very fortunate to be a part of it.
Ronald’s expertize and the easygoing manner in which he shares his extensive knowledge of wines and wine making are conveyed in a very charming and witty fashion - which is designed to please rather than intimidate. No matter what your level of wine knowledge and appreciation, we would recommend the “Bordeaux Wine Experience” to anyone interested in tasting and learning more about fine Bordeaux wines. You will soon come to realize that on this tour “Life is good”!
Beth & Steve
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A romantic château next to Bordeaux Superbly located at just 5 minutes from the centre of Bordeaux and only 20 minutes from Bordeaux Airport. The Chateau offers four charming self-catering holiday homes ("gîtes" in French): Pomerol and Sauternes, which sleeps four guests; Margaux and Pauillac, each are ideal for a couple. Perfectly situated, and equipped with a large heated pool, Chateau Coulon Laurensac provides a haven of peace and tranquility, just a few minutes drive from Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world. Chateau Coulon Laurensac has no profit motive; all proceeds of the holiday rentals are being used to maintain and restore this unique 18th century château and its beautiful grounds. ... more less
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