I didn’t realize it when I was planning Bordeaux 201, aka Bordeaux Bootcamp, but we started and ended at two wineries next to each other: Rauzan Segla and Rauzan Gassies; both 2nd growth Margaux and both with very decent Parker grades. It dawned on me as our tour guide at Rauzan Gassies today mentioned that the Rauzan Segla cellars were
just on the other side of her cellar.
Staying in Pauillac was a great decision I made early on because a wine lover can physically experience how close all the great Medoc villages are to each other. We started our last day in Wine Lovers’ Paradise with a visit and tasting to Chateau Lanessan with its extraordinary horse stables and greenhouse.
We then went 10 Chateau Maucaillou, only 10 minutes away. There was a charity bike ride going on through the vineyards so all day long we saw streams of bikers, many dressed in costume. Our tour and tasting was followed by another superb lunch prepared by Maucaillou’s private chef: saumon, duck
breast, cheese and poached pear, accompanied by their white (all sauvignon), their second label called Number 2 and the Chateau wine from the 2000 vintage, all delectable. We were running late for our 2:30 appointment at Rauzan-Gassies but not to worry: we were a short 15 minutes away.
We ended the wine tour portion with a private visit and tasting at this 2nd growth Margaux. The tour officially ends tonight at dinner in the hotel where we will have our 5th blind tasting- this time we try to guess which wine is older. I’m batting one out of three and the two winemakers in our group are 4 for 4.
Tomorrow after we arrive in Paris I will try to sum up the essence of what we learned on this magical tour to the Médoc.