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Our Vintage Bentley Wine Tours

The Cover of Our 2008 Vintage Bentley Tour of France Tour Book.

Tour Itinerary

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Chateau de Breuil
Chateau de Sanse
Chateau Colbert

Hotels Where We Stay

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Chateau de Breuil

Chateau de Sanse

Chateau Colbert

Combining Superb Driving On Scenic Routes Using  Department "D" Roads, Together with Interesting Vineyard and Chateau Visits

This is the cover of the 60 page Tour Book which each participant receives, containing: detailed route instructions; well-researched examples of things to see and do on the way; details of all vineyard and other visits; and suggestions on what to see and do on your free days.

Route Through

France

The Route for Our 2008 Vintage Bentley Tour of France

Paris

Orleans

Cheverny

Gensac

Oleron

Maulevrier

Renneses

Tours

Nantes

Bordeaux

Caen

Hostellerie Les Cleunes

Hostellerie Les Cleunes

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The Vineyards We Visit

Saturday 14th  10.30 am Wine Visit

Entre deux Mers/Bordeaux  Superior   

Afternoon free.   

7.30 pm.  Aperitif and dinner

 

Sunday  15th   Drive to Ile D’Oleron  

Afternoon arrive   Hotel Hostellerie Les Clunes  

7.30 pm.  Aperitif then dinner

 

Monday  16th   

Day free to explore the island.

7.30 pm.  Aperitif then dinner

 

Tuesday  17th   Drive to Maulevrier

Afternoon arrive Chateau Colbert   

7.30 pm.  Aperitif then dinner

 

Wednesday 18th   2.30 pm  Wine Visit

Coteau du Layon

7.30 pm.  Aperitif then dinner

 

Thursday 21st    11.00 am  Wine Visit Muscadet

7.30 pm.  Aperitif then dinner

 

Friday 20th am.  Leave hotel for journey to Caen

7.00 pm  Dinner at Hotel St. Georges

11;59pm Board Night ferry to Portsmouth

Saturday 7th   Cross the Channel  

over-night Portsmouth/Caen

 

Sunday 8th  Drive to Cheverny.

Afternoon  Arrive Hotel Chateau du Breuil, Cheverny.  

7.30 pm  Aperitif then diner.

 

Monday  9th  Morning free.   

3.00 pm  Wine Visit Vouvray

7.30 pm  Aperitif then dinner

 

Tuesday 10th 10.30 am  Wine Visit Touraine.

12.00 pm Lunch at Restaurant Golf de Cheverny.  

2.15 pm  Arrive Chateau Cheverny for visit.

7.30 pm  Aperitif then dinner

 

Wednesday  11th Drive to Gensac  

Afternoon arrive at Chateau de Sanse   

7.30 pm  Aperitif then dinner

 

Thursday 12th 10.30 am  Wine Visit  

St. Emilion/Cotes de Castillon

Afternoon free.  7.30 pm  Aperitif then dinner

 

Friday 13th  11.00 am  Visit Chateau Monbazillac  

Afternoon free.

7.30 pm.  Aperitif and dinner

 

DOMAINE DES BAUMARDS  

AOC COTE DE LAYON

 

The domaine has been family owned since 1634, and has been built progressively by Jean Baumard since 1957 into one of the top wine domaines in the World.  The Domaine was selected by Robert Parker as one of only 3 Loire estates for inclusion in his book “The World’s Greatest Wine Estates”, and the wines are praised greatly by everyone.  The vineyard was taken over by Jean’s son Florent Baumard in the 1990’s

They make wines from both banks of the Loire, Savennieres and Cotes de Layon.  The Domaine extends to 105 hectars of which 14 are in Savennieres and 6 in Quart-de Chaume.  The principal grape is the Chenin Blanc with a proportion of Chardonnay and some Cabernet. The Domain also cultivates the Verdelho (white) and the Grolleau for the rose.The average age of the vines is 35 – 40 years        

 

 

CHATEAU PIERRAIL

AOC BORDEAUX

Situated on a rocky outcrop, the Château du Pierrail looks over a valley in which the river Fonchotte meanders. It was built in the 17th century by the Segur family on the site of an older middle ages château. From 1887 the domaine was sold piece by piece and victim of the vine disease phyloxera. Jacques and Alice Demonchaux acquired the Château in 1971 and set about restoring it to its former glory and prosperity. Patiently they bought, exchanged and cleared the land, replanted the vines with suitable varieties and built a modern chai. The estate of 250 hectares was thus restored with 60 hectares of vines planted on the best plateau. The Château, its parkland, lake, grounds and woodland make up a well balanced and harmonious estate.
Alice Demonchaux, already with University degrees, studied viti-viniculture at Bordeaux University.  In 1991, Alice and Jacques's son Aurelien returned to the estate after a solid grounding in Agriculture, Viticulture and Oenology.

 

CHATEAU DE MONBAZILAC  

AOC BERGERAC

 

The wine of Monbazillac is a sweet white wine made by the same methods as Sauternes and Coteaux du Layon using grapes left on the vine until they are affected by pourriture noble. Surrounded by the vineyards which carry its name, the southern side of the commune of Monbazillac overlooks the huge plain of the Dordogne Valley. As early as 1080 the monks of St Martin’s cleared away the forest land and planted the first vines in their stead. Over the centuries three grape varieties in particular were chosen to grace the favoured clay-chalk hillsides : Sémillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle. The area benefits from a micro-climate which is particularly favourable to the development of ‘noble rot’.   Monbazillac, a wine which is harvested late, was the first sweet wine to enter the noble family of the Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée.

 

DOMAINE HUET-ECHANSONNE    

AOC VOUVRAY

 

Maison Huet was founded in 1928 by Victor Huet and his son Gaston.  It is internationally recognized as one of the very best vineyards in the World.  When Gaston Huet retired 30 years ago he passed the winemaking on to his son-in law Noel Pinguet, who had been the winemaker, and who continued to make the wine in the same painstaking way.  The Huet estate now covers 35 hectares divided between three properties: Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont and Le Clos du Bourg. They have an average yield of 35 hl.

 

 

DOMAINE DES CORBILLIERES  

AOC TOURAINE

In 1923, Fabel Barbou, the great-grandfather of the present owner, purchased the “Domaine des Corbillières” estate.  His grandfather Bernard Barbou and then father Maurice Barbou continued to develop and expand the estate.  It is now owned by Maurice Barbou, so has been in the same family for 4 generations. Originally, the wine was sold in barrels, but was then put into bottles from about 1950.

 

 

 

 

DOMAINE MENARD-GABORIT  

AOC MUSCADET

 

The Domaine has been in the family since 1734.  Philippe and Thierry Menard are now running this beautiful estate located in the heart of the Sèvre and Maine Appellation.  The Appellation is named after the two rivers running through the area.

 

 

 

 

CHATEAU FAUGERES  

AOC St EMILION / COTES DE CASTILLON

 

Chateau Faugeres was in the  ownership of the Guisez family from 1923 to 2005.  They were determined to make the  Chateau one of the finest Grand Crus in  St. Emilion.  In 1998 plots of 9 hectars were set aside to produce their top wine, Peby Faugeres, (named after the deceased husband of the owner) which was hoped would earn a Grand Crus Classé classification.

The Chateau was purchased by the present owner, Silvio Denz, a Swiss businessman and connoisseur of fine wine, in 2005.  His wish is to keep the wines rated above their classification, improve them still further, and obtain Grand Crus Classé if possible. The Cotes de Castillon is one of the top wines of this appellation.

The vineyard, in one of the most beautiful parts of the St. Emilion wine area, covers 80 hectars and comprises 49 hectars of AOC St. Emilion and 31 hectars of Cotes de Castillon.

 

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