True Cognac lovers take note – specialist wine tour operator Grape Escapes has announced the launch of their brand new Premium Cognac Tour and are offering 12 fortunate Cognac lovers this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part.
The lucky participants will witness the unique Bonne Chauffe distillation process at two family-run Cognac Houses and enjoy Cognac tastings at a large, world-famous Cognac house. The tour will take place from 15-17 November 2013 and places are strictly limited. Prices start from £430 per person.
There is no better way to appreciate a favourite Cognac than in the distillery where it was made with a tasting guided by an expert in its production. The Grape Escapes Premium Cognac Tour will be lead by two English Cognac Experts looking to share their passion and uncover the fascinating process of Cognac making.
Accommodation is at the 16th Century Le Logis du Paradis in Criteuil la Magdeleine amongst the vineyards where visitors will be served a welcome aperitif in the original distillery at the Logis upon arrival with the tour managers before a four course dinner accompanied by selected wines.
The second day will involve a transported tour starting with an introduction to the process of Cognac making in the distillery at the Logis. You will then take a trip to a large, world-famous Cognac House such as Hine or Rémy Martin for a tour of the estate and a tasting of their renowned Cognacs, before enjoying drinks and lunch at an authentic French bistrot.
For a more personal experience, visitors will next participate in tours of two small, family-run estates to meet the makers of the Cognacs who will personally guide tours and demonstrate the very rarely seen Bonne Chauffe process used in the second Cognac distillation. Afterwards, there will be a tasting session of several Cognacs in contrasting styles and in the evening a delightful four-course dinner will finish off the day in addition to a wide selection of Pineaux and Cognacs.
The final day will see breakfast followed by a Cognac master class with the Tour Managers teaching visitors how to appreciate the ins and outs of different Cognacs and a light lunch before heading back to Bordeaux for the return flight.
If you would like more information and/or to book visit www.grapeescapes.net.