Bordeaux winery opens doors to guests for 2014 grape harvest


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Château Cordeillan-Bages is offering wine afficionados a chance to go behind the scenes and experience the 2014 grape harvest of Bordeaux winery Lynch-Bages & Cie.

From now until October 15, it is offering a package called “To the Harvest” where guests enjoy a two-night stay with breakfast in the hotel, converted from a 17th-century Carthusian monastic house.

It includes a three-course at the two Michelin-starred restaurant Cordeillan-Bages, headed by chef Jean-Luc Rocha, and a “culinary welcome” of fluted chocolate and half a bottle of Château Cordeillan-Bages.

Also in the package is a visit to Château Lynch-Bages and a wine tasting course of two and a half hours plus a half-day bicycle trip to discover the vineyard and meet grape pickers. The total cost is £180 per night per person based on two people sharing.

Jean-Luc Rocha’s culinary classics have been reinterpreted for the season with staples such as the caviar of Aquitaine, oysters, the fois gras from Les Landes with fresh figs as well as a seasonal red fruit dessert inspired by artist Pierre Alechinsky’s work, Octave, exhibited at Château Lynch-Bages.

Part of hotel group Relais & Chateaux, Château Cordeillan-Bages provides a fine wine and gourmet experience in Pauillac in the heart of the Medoc region all year round. As well as the restaurant, it offers a cookery school, wine courses and a VINIV bespoke winemaking experience.

It is located in the picturesque village of Bages and has 28 contemporary rooms and suites, an outdoor heated swimming pool and sauna as well as its very own helipad available to guests.

The Cercle Lynch-Bages offers bespoke visits and themed tours of Château Lynch-Bages as well as tastings and introductory educational programmes designed for wine enthusiasts wanting to expand their knowledge.

Classes are run by sommeliers and oenologists of the region, exploring the great terroirs of Bordeaux, food and wine pairing and the art of blending.

Guests can book half-day, full-day and multi-day workshops. Programmes may also be paired with lunches, dinners and visits to properties.

Château Lynch-Bages dates back to 1934 with the arrival of Jean-Charles Cazes to head the estate. The château made a name for itself from 1945 onwards thanks to a series of great vintages. Vintages produced by André Cazes and Jean-Michel Cazes after him confirmed this trend.

In 2006, Jean-Michel Cazes turned over the estate to his son Jean-Charles, who is now the general director of the Domaines Jean-Michel Cazes.

The cellars of Château Lynch-Bages exhibit works by renowned artists such as Antoni Tàpies, Hervé di Rosa, Ryan Mendoza, Emilio Perez. This year marks the return of pieces by Pierre Alechinsky.

More information at www.cordeillanbages.com.

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