On May 15 & 16, U’Wine received its SwissLife Partner for a U’Wine Tour for private tours and tastings of Grands Crus de Bordeaux.
First day in Pessac-Léognan
The tour started on the Pessac-Léognan appellation, with Château Smith Haut Lafitte, owned by the Cathiard family. After visiting the Château’s cooperage, we tasted the 2012 red vintage and the 2014 white vintage with Lise Grillot, Oenotourism Officer and Ludovic Fradin, Commercial Director.
Château Haut-Brion then welcomed us for an exclusive visit. Only vineyard of Pessac-Léognan to be part of the classification of 1855, it is today a true legend. We had the chance to taste the 2011 vintage.
To end this day, visit of Château Haut-Bailly and wonder ahead a magnificent sunset above the vineyards. The U’Wine team and its guests tasted during a dinner Pol Roger Champagne, La Parde Haut-Bailly 2012, the 2012 vintage Château Haut-Bailly followed by the 2008.
Second day in Saint-Emilion
Second day of this U’Wine Tour with the vineyards Silvio Denz at Château Faugères. At the top of its vineyard stands its chai-cathedral housing a vat room, a barrel cellar and a tasting room with a panoramic view of the vineyards. We tasted Château Cap de Faugères 2011, Château Faugères 2011 and finally Château Péby Faugères 2004.
Château Trottevieille, Saint-Emilion’s Premier Cru Classé, welcomed us for the first time. Legend says that several hundred years ago an old lady lived on the property. At the junction of its roads there was a stagecoach stop, and every time a horse team stopped, the old lady came trotting down to meet them. A tasting of the 2017 vintage has been proposed by Christophe Dussutour, Manager of Château Trottevieille.
Last stop: Château Dassault, owned by Laurent Dassault. Laurence Brun, Vice President of Dassault Wine Estates and Romain Depons, General Manager of Vineyards, welcomed us to a lunch. The 2017 vintage was complicated for the property, no bottles could be produced because of last year’s freeze. Despite this misadventure, the team has remained positive and will take the opportunity to do some renovation work in their cellar. We tasted during the lunch Pavillon de Faurie 2013 and 2012, Château Faurie de Souchard 2011, Château Dassault 2008, Château La Fleur 2009 and Château Dassault 2003. It was a really nice moment.