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Approximately 4½ Hours
Spend an unforgettable evening in the convivial, historic atmosphere of Château du Tertre, within the famed Margaux appellation. This estate belonged to the Seigneurie of Arsac in the 12th century. In the 17th century, the seigneurie passed from the House of Montaigne to the House of Arrérac and to the Ségur family. In the mid-18th century, it was purchased by Pierre Mitchell, an Irishman who was, in fact, the first bottle manufacturer in the Bordeaux area. During the course of the 19th century, the wines produced here gained world renown, culminating in their inclusion in the 1855 Médoc classification -- a huge milestone indeed. Eric Albada Jelgersma (owner of neighboring Château Giscours) purchased the estate in 1997, painstakingly restoring the house and renovating the cellars and vineyards. As a result, the chateau’s Margaux has regained considerable respect in recent years. Robert Parker gave the 2003 vintage a very respectable 93 points.
This evening, you will arrive via the cobblestone driveway, bisecting a vineyard of carefully tended grapes and leading to the handsome, yellow-stone château, built in the 18th century.
Enjoy a welcome beverage in the nicely-appointed tasting room, or in the Orangerie beside the elegant swimming pool, and visit the cellar.
Dinner is a memorable, elegant, four-course affair accompanied by several of the château's excellent wines. You will return to the ship afterwards.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. There are steps leading to the cellar. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations.