Sarah Graham Beck
VIP Wine & Culture Guide
Bordeaux is one of the most splendid cities in France and I’m very lucky to call it home! “Take Versailles, add Antwerp, and you have Bordeaux,” wrote Victor Hugo. Enjoy the beauty of Bordeaux’s second golden age, the downtown 18th Century classical buildings that radiate harmony. Take in the must see monuments along the quayside (including the iconic Place de la Bourse and its water mirror), the wealthy mansions on the Triangle d’Or, the classical Grand Théâtre, the fountain and monument of the Girondins … Walk with me to discover more, including stories from Roman times, through Bordeaux’s first golden age or English period and experience with me our present gilded age, our way of life and the secret treasures known to us locals.
The region is blessed with vine soaked countryside and many other sites : the lovely village of Saint-Emilion, with its two thousand year history, bastide towns, markets, the nearby Dordogne region and the medieval town of Bergerac, and for fresh oysters and perfect seaside views, there’s the bay of Arcachon with its famous Dune.
We are lucky to have many high end hotels and smart boutique hideaways, plus a vast array of restaurants, including several starred establishments both old and recent.
The Bordeaux region has more than 5,000 wine estates and advance planning is important. Most wineries at all levels require an appointment. So please contact me well in advance of your trip and I will organise it all for you. I suggest visiting no more than 3 or 4 Châteaux per day. My job is to ensure that you will experience a range of visits that cover different aspects of Château life, during a day or several days of visits with me. I will put the regions and subregions in context for you, explaining at whatever level you require and sharing with you my experience. And it will be fun!
I really believe that there has never been a better time to visit Bordeaux. There is so much drive at properties at all levels from the small Châteaux that I spend much time getting to know for you and also at the famous estates I can access too. The last 20 years have seen a revolution in sustainable agriculture, organic & biodynamic work and deep understanding of the individual micro-terroirs of each estate and then translating this farm work into precision wines. We are of course world famous for our top 200 or so classed estates but I truly believe we are also unbeatable at the 8-30€/bottle level … come visit to be convinced!
Being a Brit with over 30 years international experience enables me to understand your needs, build a dialogue with you and offer you an individual program aiming to exceed your expectations. I look forward to hearing from you.