Q – I am a country club wine drinker but I do keep the Wine Bible next tot he remote and I am slowly getting into French red, particularly Bordeaux’s. We’re headed to France to do some tasting with another couple who thinks that the Trader Joe’s label is really prestigious. But I do want us to go to the very best vineyards. If you could let us know which Bordeaux’s are considered the very best, I’d be eternally grateful.

A – Well this is a bit tricky as there are tens of thousands of wine connoisseurs who wish to taste the best Bordeaux’s. To get into the very best vineyards, you need to know someone and, even then, it is extremely difficult to get to the Premier Grand Cru First Growth estates. We suggest that you work with your consultant to make all arrangements through one of the world’s top wine experts specializing in the top-level French production. Even then, you may be disappointed. Work at least a year in advance to have any chance at all. There are the wine tours you should target – they are the best of the current crop of Grand Cru’s:

Chateau Lafite Rothschild Medoc (Pauillac)

Chateaux Margaux Medoc (Margaux)

Chateau Latour Medoc (Pauillac)

Chateau Haut-Brion Pessac-Leognam

Chateau Mouton-Rothchild Medoc (Pauillac)