Cycling Saint Emilion - Day-by-Day (can be followed in any order)

You choose your dates and 3 of the 4 routes below, minimum 3 month lead-in time

 

Contact us for your pre and post tour travel arrangements

 


DAY ONE - A little tour around Saint- Emilion

This route covers the areas closest to town as a kind of familiarization tour. It includes visits to the cloisters and a tour around the 'douves' and ramparts. Keeping close to home, it winds past a number of familiar wine estates including Château Soutard, Fonroque, Beauséjour Bécot and Ausone, along with lesser known porperties such as La Clotte, La Serre, Laniot, Vieux Pourret, the Clos des Jacobins, Château Meylet, Coutet and Canon.

DAY TWO - The Grand Crus

This route takes you on a sight-seeing tour of some of the grand names of Saint-Emilion. Beginning with Château Ausone, which is right at the edge of the town, the route takes you past La Magdelaine, Château Canon, Angelus, through the grounds of the Château Figeac to Cheval Blanc and Petrus in Pomerol.
    
DAY THREE - Vines and Wines


The focus today is on the beauty and diversity of the landscapes with possible visits to some of Saint-Emilions biodynamic vineyards including Château Guadet and Fonroque. We leave Saint-Emilion via the Porte Brunet heading along back roads to Château Troplong Mondot. We then pass by Château Villemaurine and Haut Sarpe & its windmill before reaching Château Sansonnet’s vineyards and La Maison des Pelerins full of chatterning budgies. From Saint- Christophe-des-Bardes we pass the Château Haut Lavallade through woods on a grassy path along the Barbanne River. On our return, we pass Château Trimoulet and stop in for a wine tasting at Château Soutard, which is right at the edge of Saint- Emilion.

DAY FOUR - The Banks of the Dordogne

Beginning in St Emilion, this tour takes you out of the city through the Porte Saint Martin and the Rue des Douves. Passing by Château La Magdelaine and Château Fonplégade (optional tasting possible) and the Union des Producteurs to Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens. (Market on Tuesdays and Sundays in the centre of the village in front of the charming Romanesque church). There is also the tallest megalith in the region. We then carry on along 'Le Quai' and the banks of the Dordogne river to a bridge that takes us to Branne. Here you might want to stop at a café or have your lunch in one of the town's restaurants. The route back to Saint-Emilion winds through the plain past vineyards such as Château Teyssier and La Gafellière.

© 2014 by TASTE - all photos by Geoffrey S. Finch

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