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Join Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars as we celebrate our 45th Anniversary of the Judgment of Paris - a tasting that revolutionized the wine world - with an exclusive journey through Bordeaux and Paris. Explore France’s finest wineries and vineyards that were blind tasted against California wines and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon which won top honors, placing Napa Valley at the forefront of the world of fine wines. Stroll the famed vineyards, enjoy exclusive VIP tastings at private châteaux in the areas, chat with esteemed winemakers, savor local culinary specialties, and explore the magnificent culture and architecture of historic Bordeaux. An optional trip extension to Burgundy offers the opportunity to visit some of the famous Chardonnay wineries involved in the historic blind tasting and participate in a hands-on French culinary class.
The 1976 Paris tasting, or Judgment of Paris as it became known, had a revolutionary effect, “like a vinous shot heard round the world.”
- Barbara Ensrud, Wall Street Journal
passionate local winemakers, expert local guides and incredible chefs
the historic town of Bordeaux, the underground monolithic church of Saint-Émilion and the icons of Paris
authentic Parisian cuisine and wine produced by Chateaux that have marked France’s wine history
Land in the Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport, and meet your friendly Travel Director in the arrivals area. Take a private transfer to Bordeaux city center.
Settle in and unwind at your ideally-situated hotel - the InterContinental Bordeaux - for the next six days. The grand dame of Bordeaux, this historic, architecturally-significant hotel is just steps from the Opera and Three Graces fountain and offers several restaurants and an elegant spa. From here, prepare to delve deep into world-renowned wine culture and ancient Aquitaine history. Explore this port city along the Garonne River by foot or via streetcar and experience the gothic cathedral, 18th-century mansions, exquisite shopping, and notable art museums. After exploring, enjoy a celebratory welcome dinner.
Spend the morning in Bordeaux’s storied old town with your expert guide. Experience the fusion of history and modern life in Vieux Bordeaux among pedestrian walkways, outdoor markets, avant-garde art spaces, and innovative architecture. We’ll enjoy lunch by the open market just as locals do.
If you’d like to explore more of downtown Bordeaux, take the afternoon to stroll the city streets, go shopping or head to La Cité du Vin wine museum for an immersive journey through the culture and history of wine. Tour the innovative space on your own time and finish your visit on the rooftop of the museum with a glass of wine in hand while taking in the sweeping views of Bordeaux. Return to the hotel to relax before joining your travel director for a unique educational tasting that will give you an overview of the wine of the region. The rest of the evening is on your own to enjoy!
This morning we head north to the Médoc region on the banks of the Gironde estuary, home to nearly 15,000 vineyards. Here we’ll enjoy an exclusive tasting at Château Montrose, a once-famous hunting area with a unique hillside gravel terroir, which eventually became an esteemed winery that partook in the 1976 blind tasting.
Midday, we head to a local favorite restaurant to savor classic French fare. This afternoon, we visit and taste wines at the prestigious Château Mouton Rothschild believed to produce some of the finest Bordeaux wine in the appellation. Visit the museum where labels from Salvador Dali, Picasso, Chagall, and Prince Charles are showcased. We then return to the hotel and relax for a few hours. We reconvene to walk together to a quaint restaurant for a light dinner while we share stories of the day.
Learn about the long-standing family tradition of barrel and cask making on a visit to Boutes cooperage this morning. Used by Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, the flavors of Boutes' barrels integrate beautifully and enhance the characteristics coming from their vineyards. Continuing on to the Lalande-de-Pomerol appellation, we take part in an exclusive wine tasting and blending workshop followed by a seasonally inspired lunch at the charming Château de Ferrand. After, tour the medieval village of Saint-Émilion with an expert local guide. Learn why it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to world-famous wine. See the Cordeliers cloister, one of the town’s most emblematic and picturesque sites made of limestone featuring monolithic columns, Gothic arches, and a church tower. Enjoy free time before heading back to the property. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Today, we’ll discover and taste the exceptional wines from Château d’Yquem. d'Yquem is a Premier Cru Supérieur – the only Sauternes given this rating that indicates superiority. Tour the beautiful estate and learn about its prestigious 400-year-old history. After a short drive, enjoy a traditional French meal and wine tasting while overlooking the vineyards of Château Guiraud. This afternoon, we return to the property. Dinner is on your own tonight in Bordeaux city.
This morning, we pay homage to Château Haut-Brion, a private winery not open to the public, and a Château which partook in the 1976 blind tasting. We gather around the table for our last lunch in Bordeaux. After, the TGV high-speed train whisks us to the most romantic city in the world: Paris. We check-in at our hotel in front of the majestic Opera House, in a lovely, walkable area of town. The rest of the evening is yours to explore the City of Light under the stars. Stroll alongside the River Seine, take in the views of the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe and sample the city’s world-renowned café culture with a delicate dessert and a favorite boisson alcolisée (nightcap).
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before venturing out to the bustling streets of Paris for an insightful walking tour of its endless attractions. From the hotel, stroll along the Seine, past the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, the Royal Palace and gardens, and more.
We’ll take a respite and dine at a quaint restaurant to savor the cuisine Parisienne. This afternoon, it’s time for a private tasting of some of France’s best champagne from Nicolas Feuillatte. The rest of the day is on your own.
After breakfast enjoy a free morning to explore Paris; walk the Champs-Élysées, explore the many local wine stores one last time, or return to visit the Louvre or Musée d'Orsay. Lunch is on your own with countless options.
Late this afternoon we reconvene for one last tasting and a summary of the week's experience. We then head out before sunset for a farewell dinner cruise along the Seine to toast our time together.
Enjoy breakfast and check out of your hotel. For those heading home, a private transfer will take you to Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport.
For those continuing on the extension to Burgundy we head off together on a private transfer to Beaune, the heart of Burgundy.
After lunch we arrive in Beaune and settle into the Hotel Le Cep, the very same hotel where the US delegation who visited France in 1976 sojourned.
The evening is yours to get acquainted with the ancient town. Stroll the romantic medieval ramparts, visit picturesque Parc de la Bouzaize (a local favorite), and feast on hearty, rich produits du terroir (literally “products of the land”) such as Boeuf Bourguignon and Coq au Vin.
CÔTE DE BEAUNE
BEAUNE WALKING TOUR & CULINARY CLASS
Today we experience the cuisine of the area with a hands-on cooking class and farmers market tour. We’ll shop with a local chef to get the freshest seasonal ingredients. We’ll then dive into our cooking workshop where we will prepare an authentic four-course Burgundian menu.
In the afternoon, we highly recommend paying a visit to the amazing Hospice de Beaune, a medieval hospital, which is one of France’s most treasured historical monuments. Its colorful glazed roof tiles established the classic style that is found on ancient buildings throughout Burgundy.
Today we say adieu to France. A private transfer this morning will take you south to Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport to fly back home.
LE GRAND HOTEL - Bordeaux
Located in the heart of the historic center of Bordeaux, the Intercontinental Bordeaux was originally designed as an 18th-century private mansion by celebrated Parisian architect Victor Louis. Hotel interiors conjure the elegant opulence of the baroque period with grand public spaces, and each room is uniquely decorated in a traditional style. The property features 2 restaurants on site, a rooftop bar, indoor pool and fitness center, spa, and free WiFi throughout. Rooms include tea/coffee maker, air conditioning, safe, minibar, hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers, and toiletries.
Le Grand Hotel - Paris
Situated across from the Palais Garnier Opera House in the 9th arrondissement, the ornate Intercontinental Paris Le Grand has been welcoming distinguished visitors and guests since it was inaugurated by Empress Eugenie (wife of Napoleon III) in 1862. Elaborate interiors and traditional architecture allow guests to experience the grandeur of past and present day Paris. The hotel, which has recently undergone extensive renovations, features 2 acclaimed restaurants, a mahogany-paneled bar, fitness center and spa, and free WiFi. Rooms have air conditioning, safe, minibar, electric kettle, hair dryer, bathrobe, and toiletries.
HOTEL LE CEP (Burgundy Extension)
This charming historic hotel is located in the heart of Beaune. Former private mansions built between the 14th and 18th centuries, the hotel is comprised of several interconnected buildings situated around beautiful courtyards. It features 64 rooms elegantly furnished with antiques and named after Burgundy wines. Rooms feature free WiFi, air conditioning, safe, minibar, hair dryer, bathrobe, and toiletries. Each room has a private bathroom.
September 26-October 4 (optional extension October 4-7) SOLD OUT
or October 3-11 (optional extension October 11-14)
This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that can range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.) which can leave some areas inaccessible — if you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have questions.
Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/terms.
- Eight nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
- Meals as listed on the itinerary: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 3 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
- All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, and transportation
- Gratuities for travel director, local guides, drivers, porters, and included meals
- Full guiding services of a dedicated Travel Director
- Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities
- All types of personal insurance
- Personal expenses
- Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals
Club Member Rates
Suite: Contact Us for Availability and Rate
Jr. Suite: $8,895
Suite: Contact Us for Availability and Rate
Jr. Suite: $9,195
Deluxe: $4,195 Sold Out Both Dates
Superior: $3,695 Sold Out Both Dates
Single: $ 4,695 Sold Out Both Dates
* Guests of club members also enjoy club member rates. All categories subject to availability. Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple accommodations.