This summer explore the Libournais, the renowned Right Bank of Bordeaux, with its old-world vineyards dating back to Roman times and the enchanting UNESCO world heritage site of Saint-Émilion. The new Passeport Rive Droite, which is available from July until December 31, 2020, helps visitors discover some of the incredible locations representing the terroir of the Right Bank of Bordeaux.
Six places located on the Right Bank of Bordeaux have teamed up to offer the Passeport Rive Droite. The free passport gives visitors special offers at Château La Croizille, Château de La Dauphine, Château de Tailhas, Le Cloître des Cordeliers, Brasserie Bio La 3 Tetres and Le Bis by Baud et Millet.
Just pick up the free passport at any of the participating locations and collect a stamp at each of the six places to not only receive the special offers, but to also be entered to win a variety of prizes. Once you collect all six stamps, leave your passport completed with your contact details at one of the participating locations. Prizes will be drawn on January 31, 2021 that include magnums and other rewards.
The participating locations represent Bordeaux’s Right Bank terroir and cover the Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Pomerol and Fronsac appellations, along with discovering sparkling Bordeaux wine, an organic local brewery and one of Saint-Émilion’s best restaurants specializing in cheese. Take a look at what awaits in the Libournais.
Château La Croizille
Château La Croizille sits at nearly the highest point in the Saint-Émilion appellation and has arguably one of the prettiest views from their terrace wine bar. Not only is this château home to the only terraced vineyards in the Bordeaux wine region, their coupled properties of Château La Croizille and Tour Baladoz make it possible to visit a traditional Bordeaux winery and a modern château all on the same classic visit.
With the Passeport Rive Droite, Château La Croizille offers a buy 1, get 1 free Classic Visit. Thistour visits both château and ends with a tasting of 3 wines. Normally €12 per person, the Classic Visit is offered for two people. Just be sure to book in advance and mention the Passeport Rive Droite to redeem the offer.
Château de La Dauphine
Château de La Dauphine is the jewel of the Fronsac appellation and was a favorite of Louis XV, who brought prestige to Fronsac wines long before they officially became a Bordeaux appellation. The regal château was built to welcome Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France, for a stay. And while the wine of Château de La Dauphine remain fit for royalty today, the prices are affordable for even us commoners.
With the Passeport Rive Droite, Château de La Dauphine offers a buy 1, get 1 free Luxury Tour. This tour visits the interior of the château, which is listed as a historic monument, the unique technical facilities and ends with a tasting of 2 wines. Normally €10 per person, the Luxury Visit is offered for two people. Just be sure to book in advance and mention the Passeport Rive Droit to redeem the offer.
Château du Tailhas
Located in the esteemed Pomerol appellation, Château du Tailhas is a third generation family-run vineyard that uses sustainable viticulture techniques. The château is set right alongside the Tailhayat stream, which Edward I declared the boundary between Saint-Émilion and Pomerol in 1289. This position is what gives the château its name.
With the Passeport Rive Droite, Château du Tailhas offers a buy 1, get 1 free Classic Visit. This tour shows visitors the unique terroir in the vines before visiting the technical facilities and barrel cellar and ends with a tasting of 2 wines. Normally €10 per person, the Classic Visit is offered for two people.
Le Cloître des Cordeliers
Located inside the fortified medieval town of Saint-Émilion, Le Cloître des Cordeliers is the former convent of the Franciscan monks established as Les Cordeliers during the 7th Crusade. Built in the 14th century, it was eventually left abandoned. But clever winemakers recognized the potential for the decaying monastery as a place perfect for aging sparkling Bordeaux wine. Made in the Champagne method, the AOC Crémant de Bordeaux ages in the labyrinth of quarries beneath the former monastery. Visits can tour the tunnels or just enjoy the refreshing white and rosé sparkling wines in the atmospheric garden.
With the Passeport Rive Droite, Le Cloître des Cordeliers offers a buy 1, get 1 free flute of sparkling Cuvée Grande Vintage. Normally €9.50 per glass. Present the Passeport Rive Droite to redeem the offer.
Le Bis by Baud et Millet
Located in Saint-Émilion, Le Bis is second location of Bordeaux’s long-loved cheese specialists Baud et Millet. Before the Saint-Émilion location opened, Baud et Millet had been serving cheese-loving Bordelaise hundreds of types of cheese from all over France for over 30 years. The Saint-Émilion location is a bit smaller, but still offers an impressive selection of 50 different types of PDO cheese from all around France. A meal entirely of cheese might sound indulgent, but trekking up Saint-Émilion’s steep tertre will definitely earn the indulgence.
With the Passeport Rive Droite, Le Bis by Baud et Millet offers a gourmet tasting of 3 cheeses for free. Present the Passeport Rive Droite to redeem the offer. Advance reservations recommended.
Brasserie Bio La 3 Tetres
Bordeaux isn’t just all about wine – just mostly! You can find breweries around the the Bordeaux wine region, and Alain Ch-ti started a passion project to brew made-in-France beers in the traditional Belgian way. Located in Fronsac, Alain’s use of organic malted barley, hops blossoms and a double fermentation defines the taste.
With the Passport Rive Droit, Brasserie Bio La 3 Tetres offers a buy 1, get 1 free Classic Visit. You’ll tour the micro-brewery and hear about Alain’s methods before finishing with a tasting. Normally €12 per person, the Classic Visit is offered for two people. Book in advance by emailing [email protected]. Mention the Passeport Rive Droite to redeem the offer.