WINTERY WINE TOUR IN BORDEAUX

Despite the wet and blustery January day, we enjoyed a fabulous day exploring and sampling the wine of the Medoc region with the delightful Elodie on this wine tour in Bordeaux, France. The day began with a visit to Château du Tertre in the Margaux Appellation d’origine contrôlée. A delicious lunch at Bistrot Chez Mémé was followed by a visit to Château Lafon-Rochet in the Saint-Estèphe Appellation, both Châteaux Grand Cru Classé en 1855. The day was complete with a visit to the delightful family-owned Cru Bourgeois classified Château  du Moulin Rouge where we tasted and purchased their very palatable 2012 vintage. A great day of wine tasting was had by all!

This wine tour in Bordeaux’s Medoc region was a fascinating and insightful day for everyone. Our wine tour guide Elodie was bubbling over with enthusiasm and extremely knowledgeable, never tiring of our questions throughout the day, as she drove us between locations through the stunning Bordeaux countryside in a luxury black Mercedes minibus. The hosts at each of the châteaux were friendly, attentive and had excellent English language skills. Each host explained the history and wine-making philosophy of their particular château as they led us on a tour of the vineyards and the château’s technical facility. The precision and technical requirements of the wine-making process were eye-opening, and the skill of the Vigneron and their team admirable. The choice of restaurant for lunch was Elodie’s and the food was simple but authentically French, and enjoyed by everyone without exception.

Why not let us organise your own wine tour in Bordeaux, whether in the Medoc or one of the other wine-growing regions in the area? We will arrange for you to be picked up from the château where you’re staying, and returned safely after a day to remember. And if you visit in Spring, Summer or Fall, you’ll likely enjoy a day with considerably more sunshine than ours!

 

 

CANOEING ON THE DORDOGNE

Now the full heat of Summer has past, September & October is a fantastic time of year to visit this spectacular region. The vineyards are busy with the excitement of bringing in the harvest, the vendange; the grapes that will be used to create 2017 vintages.

Blue skies and still air is the perfect accompaniment to taking a vintage wooden canoe on the river in the early evening. One of the privileges of living here is the ability to do this on a whim. Of course, you too can share that experience… Château Living would be delighted to host you.

 

 

AMAZING BORDEAUX CHÂTEAUX EXPERIENCE

We were delighted to host a group of friends, who traveled from all over the USA to France to celebrate a landmark birthday! The group enjoyed some fabulous food, wine tours and visits to the City of Bordeaux and altogether had an amazing experience. The trip was a great success.

In response, Château Living is launching ‘Amazing Bordeaux Experiences’ in 2018, which offers clients a specially selected package of best hospitality and experiences the region can offer. You are welcome to join one of the select weeks. Find more information on our Experiences page or request details of itinerary, availability and pricing here.

DAYS OUT AT THE BAY OF ARCACHON

One of the great things about the Bordeaux region, home of Château Living, is the wonderful diversity of things to do. The Bay of Arcachon and Atlantic coast is in easy reach, just one hour West of Bordeaux. Here you can sail in the bay, laze on the beach, climb to the top Europe’s highest sand dune for magnificent ocean views or relax at a quaint waterside shack enjoying some super fresh seafood; a lunch of sunshine, oysters and rosé.

LOUIS XIV BANQUET

The table is set for an exclusive party of American gourmands to enjoy a Birthday Banquet in the style of the French monarch Louis XIV. The extravagant 7-course menu was the climax of a week’s Summer vacation hosted by Château Living. The team of chefs, stylists and servers delivered a magnificent feast, which we were told, compared to the best the gourmands had enjoyed anywhere.

CHÂTEAU BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

 

To celebrate a special birthday, what better than to invite your friends to a fairytale château near Bordeaux! The birthday boy, working in London, invited his US friends to meet him in France for an unforgettable celebration weekend.

Château Living took care of all of the hospitality details from arrival to departure; providing delicious breakfasts, grazing lunches and sumptuous dinners. For some the days started early with an exercise class; stretching, followed by a run through the vines and into the forest.

Others were able to enjoy a massage to help them unwind. Nobody missed the wine tour visiting fine Bordeaux region château vineyards and tasting some exceptional vintage wines. All-in-all it was a splendid occasion – many happy returns!

 THANK YOU for sharing this amazing château with myself and my friends. Everything from the decor, the grounds and especially the food have been nothing short of PERFECTION!

This stay has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I look forward to visiting again in the future. Please never stop being AMAZING!

 

 

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SAINT ÉMILION & CHÂTEAUX

BORDEAUX COMES TO LIFE

They used to call her the ‘Sleeping Beauty’, but Bordeaux is now wide awake and ready for action. The recently opened Cité du Vin continues the impressive redevelopment of the Garonne riverfront with a state-of-the-art wine-lovers’ experience, and the city’s gastronomic revolution keeps building on its own success.

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BRINGING IN THE HARVEST

The vendange is always an exciting time, when the culmination of the year’s hard work tending the vines comes to fruition and the skilful task of winemaking begins. Here’s some pictures of the 2016 bumper harvest at Château Magnifique.

INTRODUCING CHÂTEAU LIVING

An exciting new hospitality and events team, bringing a relaxed but luxurious and bespoke service to the fantastic Bordeaux region.

OUR MISSION

To provide bespoke vacations, at beautiful and unique châteaux in the south west of France. We have an exclusive portfolio of properties hand picked for their individual style and character, and an experienced and dedicated team to provide luxury but relaxed hospitality. We market these properties for catered vacations, taking care of all aspects of all bookings. Our focus is on offering great food and wine packages, as well as relaxation and well being in the beautiful Bordeaux region.

CHÂTEAU LIVING TEAM

Our dedicated in-house operation allows us to personally handle each and every aspect of our guests vacations. Our properties are all hand picked and lovingly cared for, so we can guarantee that the quality and attention to detail is of the highest standards. The team has gained a wealth of experience providing bespoke, luxury hospitality at world class venues and locations, from the UK, to France, Switzerland, North America and Australasia. Our combined knowledge, and shared ethos for providing a quality, professional, but relaxed service was the driving force behind Château Living, and also our desire to bring that quality to the incredible Bordeaux area. We share a passion for a certain way of life, enjoying great locally sourced, seasonal and healthy food, great wine, beautiful surroundings, and value quality time with family and friends. This is the experience we want to pass on to our guests to ensure we deliver truly memorable vacations.

GOOD FOOD PHILOSOPHY

Food is huge on the agenda for us, we strive towards using only the best, locally sourced ingredients, championing the ethos that simple really can be beautiful. We care about what we eat, what we cook, what we produce, and endeavour to only serve food lovingly and thoughtfully prepared. We don’t put restrictions on what we do, so what we offer ranges from an elegant formal dinner to a relax feast cooked over fire, both will be equally delicious.

AND OF COURSE, WINE…

Another important aspect of Château Living, there’s a reason why we created our business in the Bordeaux region. The area produces some of the best and most prestigious wines in the world. All of our unique and hand picked Châteaux produce wine, providing our guests with a special opportunity to stay at a working vineyard, to learn first hand the secrets of wine making, and of course to taste some great vintages, paired with a delicious feast of local and seasonal food cooked by our own chefs.

It’s an exciting year for us in Bordeaux, and we’ve got some great things filling up our calendar already. Check out our website and get in touch and we hope to welcome you to Bordeaux in the near future.

All the best

The Château Living team

HOW TO HAVE THE BEST VACATION

Finding a place that has something for everyone is just what you need and Château Living offers you that in spades. With a choice of beautiful châteaux, each with working vineyards, close to the remarkable historic ville of Saint Émilion, a few kilometres East of Bordeaux, it is the perfect place for a vacation. Amazing architecture, stunning countryside and a great climate, it’s hard to beat. Whether you want to be active or simply unwind and relax with some fabulous food and a glass or two, there’s really no better place to do it. As the French say “À bientôt!”