Wine Tasting in Margaux & Moulis – Médoc, Bordeaux, France

As part of our recent trip to Bordeaux, I was invited by the Bordeaux Tourist Board to go on one of their many wine tasting tours around the region.  We decided on an afternoon tour of the Médoc region including Wine Tasting in Margaux and Moulis.  I love a good Margaux wine and was very excited to be going to see the region and some of the châteaux!

We met our coach outside the Tourist Office in Bordeaux for the hour-long journey to Margaux.  Along the way our guide educated us about wine, Bordeaux wines in particular, and the regions that we would be visiting and the journey passed in no time listening to all the interesting information that he passed on to us.  The countryside scenery was breathtaking too, vineyard after vineyard, château after château as we were travelling the Bordeaux Wine Route!  It’s definitely an area completely dedicated to all things wine!

Wine Tasting in Margaux

We arrived in Margaux at the first Chateau that we would be visiting, Chateau Desmirail.  We were welcomed by our hosts and shown around the gorgeous winery buildings.

First we went into the sorting house where the grapes are delivered straight from the vineyards.  Purpose-built, it was designed to look like the hull of a ship and is a huge room set above the pressing barrels on the floor below.  Here, the grapes are sorted (the bad ones are discarded along with the stems and the leaves) and the good ones are dropped through the holes in the floor into the waiting barrels.  Once in there they are pressed to extract the juice.

Then we were shown the cellars where they ferment, blend and store the wine.  Bordeaux wines tend to be made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet France and occasionally Petit Verdot.  These huge oak barrels and stainless steel tanks hold and ferment the wine for a few weeks until the wine is ready to be blended.  Once the right blend has been achieved the wine is put into the smaller oak barrels for further fermentation and to allow the oak flavours (vanilla, toast and spice) to develop.  The wine is kept in oak for anything up to 24 months and then bottled.

Then it was time for the tasting!  We were given the Chateau Desmirail Rosé to taste first.  It was a pale blush colour and the taste was reminiscent of a Provençal Rosé.  Light, fresh and with a hint of red fruits!  A perfect Summer wine that would be great at a BBQ in the sunshine and not expensive either at only €8 a bottle.  Then we got to taste the 2008 Margaux.  This was what I’d been waiting for.  Aged in oak it had lots of the toasty, spicy flavours that I love.  Complex and full of dark fruit flavour from the Cabernet Sauvignon it definitely packed a punch and was exactly the kind of wine that I love.

After the tasting we got back into the coach and went for a drive around Margaux to look at some of the beautiful countryside and spectacular châteaux.  It really is such a beautiful region.  We passed so many châteaux and it made me realise how easy it would be to organise your own wine tour here.  There was a château every 200m or so!  Slightly different from when we went tasting in the Hunter Valley, Brunello and Rioja (where you could just show up), most of the wineries require pre-booking if you want to visit for a taste but you can pick up a directory with all the phone numbers in and plan your own trip very easily!  A day trip wine tasting in Margaux is definitely on the cards for me in the very near future!  You can even hire bikes to cycle between the châteaux so that no-one has to be the designated driver!Then we passed Chateau Margaux, the most famous of all the wine producers in the area.  We only got the chance to see it from the end of the driveway but it was enough to know that I’m booking a tasting there, next time I’m in the area!

Wine Tasting in Margaux and Moulis, Medoc, Bordeaux France by Emma Eats & Explores
Chateau Margaux – you can just about see it!

Wine Tasting in Moulis

Soon it was time to head to a neighbouring area called Moulis and our second winery of the tour, Chateau Maucaillou which was absolutely stunning.Wine Tasting in Margaux and Moulis, Medoc, Bordeaux France by Emma Eats & ExploresAgain, we were shown around all the cellars and we had their wine-making process explained to us.  As it was so similar to the first tour I felt it was a bit repetitive but the wineries are so proud of their wines that they want you to have the whole experience so they’re keen to show you around.  But then it was on to the tasting room.  Here we were able to try a white wine blend of theirs that’s not actually made in the vineyard but is made in the Entre Deux Mers region nearby, still in the Médoc.  It was a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, the typical Bordeaux grapes.  It was slightly too acidic for my taste (I prefer an oaky white wine) but it was fresh and fruity nonetheless.

Next we got to try their 2011 red wine blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  It had a lovely oaky flavour but did not have the complexity of the Margaux that we tried earlier.

Then it was time to head back to Bordeaux on the coach for our Date Night dinner that I’d planned for Dan! We had a lovely and informative afternoon.  I came away with a much greater knowledge of Bordeaux wines and Wine Tasting in Margaux is definitely one trip I’m looking to repeat very soon!

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. wow that looks like you had so much fun! i’ve never been wine tasting before but it’s definitely on my bucket list!

  2. ericapenner says:

    I definitely have to add wine tasting to the bucket list!

  3. Cristina says:

    This sounds amazing! And what a beautiful place!

  4. Willow says:

    First off, I love wine. Second, I have never been to France. To go to a vineyard and taste wine in France is on my bucket list!

  5. Lisa Bonny says:

    It looks beautiful there! I’ve actually never done a wine tasting tour, but it sounds fun!

  6. Mia says:

    What an incredible opportunity! I live in Paris and plan on visiting Bordeaux now that there is a new high-speed train. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I lived in Paris too – it’s my favourite city in the world. Hope you have a fabulous time in Bordeaux!

  7. simone says:

    Perfect timing for me as i’m going back to France to work in a week! Great advice on where to stop on my way to Bordeaux, and as a bartender believe i will go.

  8. I come from Montreal, Canada and I can definitely tell you that even though our cultures are similar. The description of the event you went looks 10 times better than what I ever had in my country!

    Can’t wait to go to France one day…

  9. Lisa says:

    Ooh, how difficult this trip must have been for you, having to taste all that delicious French wine! Such a picturesque area of France to visit, and the photos are lush, thanks for sharing!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      One of the hardest days of m y life 😛 – absolutely fantastic day, wine tasting days are always the best ones!

  10. I’m not a big wine drinker but these pictures look awesome! Absolutely stunning casks too!

  11. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Me and my husband would love to do a wine tasting tour. I am sure these ones in Bordeaux would be really special. Adding this to our travel bucket list.

  12. What a dream! I’ve spent quite a bit of time in France, but haven’t yet been to Bordeaux. Definitely would love to wine taste there one day!

  13. I’m so happy to see this post and written by another traveling wine geek too 😉 I love oaky white wines too! (Pass that oaky Chardonnay and Chablis please! 😉 )

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      definitely – Chardonnay has such a bad rep but I absolutely love it when it’s well-oaked and icy cold! watch out for the Rioja post to come in a few weeks! Wine tasting holiday cross borders lol!! It was definitely a fun trip! 🙂

  14. saffron says:

    Great Post, spotted you in UK Bloggers 🙂 Looking forward to following your blog !

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Thanks Saffron – heading over to check yours out too 🙂 Happy Blogging xx

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