A Wine Lover’s Trip to Mecca-Bordeaux
For decades, glowing accounts of Bordeaux wines have been written around the world. The elegance, balance, sensory-enthralling and palate-refreshing qualities of fine Bordeaux wines are the standard for discerning palates worldwide.
Lead on Tom Milam and take us to Bordeaux!
May 6, 2012 through May 12, 2012
Business Class Airfare
Tasting Fees and All Meals
Tom Milam will lead you on a 7 day, 6 night adventure on the wine routes to and throughout Bordeaux….including the Médoc (St. Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien and Margaux), the Graves and Pomerol/St. Emilion on the right bank.
The l’Eté du Vin Bordeaux Wine Tour will begin in the northern Médoc, with accommodations planned at Jean-Michel Cazes’ lovely Cordeillan- Bages property in the village of Pauillac. From our base here, we will plan to spend three days “working hard” up and down the Médoc.
Châteaux to be visited, subject to final confirmation, will likely include Cos d’Estournel and Montrose in St. Emilion, either Lafite-Rothschild or Latour in Pauillac, along with Lynch-Bages, Pichon-Lalande and others; Ducru-Beaucaillou and Léoville-Barton in St. Julien, and Margaux, Palmer and Lascombes in the southern appellation of Margaux.
We’ll then move our headquarters to the Graves, staying at the hospitable La Caudalie, owned by Daniel and Florence Cathiard and situated adjacent to their lovely Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, where we’ll enjoy a tour and tasting. Also to be visited in the Graves will be the wonderful Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, other tastings will be revealed.
Our bus will also take us to St. Emilion and Pomerol for a day trip. These are generally smaller properties with limited access, and we will work with the Commanderie de Bordeaux for one appointment each in St. Emilion and Pomerol, in the lovely hilltop Roman-walled, medieval town of St. Emilion, generally considered to be the most beautiful wine town in all of France.
This is a wine trip where enthusiasm and good cheers are paramount requirements, as we take Nashville’s personality and enthusiasm to Bordeaux.
About Tom Milam
Tom Milam’s 35 years’ of passion for the pleasure of the table and friends accompanied and enlivened by the wines of the world, especially Bordeaux. It was a bottle of 1970 Mouton Cadet (a Bordeaux shipper’s wine) that piqued his interest, just after being served and drinking Paul Masson Burgundy. The difference experienced at that moment set off a lifetime of enjoyment and sharing this passion with others.
A founder of l’Eté du Vin, he has been involved as a member and officer of a number of wine and food organizations, including the Commanderie de Bordeaux à Nashville, La Chaine des Rotisseurs, Escoffier Society, and was named Mr. Gourmet 1993 by The Society of Bacchus America. Milam has also helped organize and has participated in numerous “grand format” tastings of Bordeaux wines (up to 50 vintages), including Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Mouton-Rothschild, Pichon-Lalande, Haut-Brion, Cheval-Blanc and Pétrus.