Learning Business Trip Saint Emilion “Expert in Bordeaux Premium Wines”

This session is in ENGLISH Language

Description du programme de formation

The objective of this Learning Business Trip, Expert in Bordeaux Premium Wines, is to understand Bordeaux vineyard and more specifically the “Grands crus classés”.

Training 1 “Bordeaux vineyard structuration”, This class is designed to introduce participants to the field of Bordeaux wines.

Training 2 : “Bordeaux grands crus classés landscape (ranking history, prices and value…), this class is devoted to the study of the value proposition of Bordeaux “Grands Crus Classés”.

1 day in Saint Emilion : The group will visit 2 “chateaux” including wine tasting sessions. Lecturer,  person with delegation or sometimes “Chateaux owner” will speak about History, the description of the terroir and the influence of the climate.  This information will allow the learner with good understanding of “Bordeaux grand cru” singularity.

Lunch is included and will take place in restaurant in Saint-Emilion.

This day is also good opportunity for learners to share their own experience with others, ask for questions to the trainers.

A review will take place at the end of the day with all the participants.


12.00 heures (3.00 jours)

Profils des apprenants

  • Wine enthusiasts
  • Tourism professionals
  • Future professionals in the wine industry
  • Responsable commercial viti-vinicole souhaitant découvrir les spécificités du vignoble bordelais
  • Etudiant
  • Tout public intéressé par la gestion d’un domaine viticole


  • For Adult only (>18 years old) – There is no prerequisite for this class

Accessibilité des personnes en situation de handicap

FRANCE LUXE BUSINESS SCHOOL souhaite que les prestations proposées soient accessibles à tous. Le stagiaire est invité à mentionner sa situation de handicap s’il juge qu’elle est susceptible de le freiner dans son apprentissage en contactant notre référent RSE/inclusion (info@flbs-luxe.com). Ce référent est en charge de faire un état des lieux de la situation et propose systématiquement une solution.

FLBS wants all the services are awailable for all. Person with disability can contact FLBS sending mail to info@flbs-luxe.com.

The FLBS manager is in charge of analysing any situation. He will systematically propose solution to fix any issue.

Délais d’accès à la formation

(Il s’agit de la période d’attente entre l’inscription et le début de la formation)

1 semaine

Qualité et indicateurs de résultats 

The satisfaction rate is mentioned in the trainer’s charter presented to learners at the beginning of the session. Each training module contains a satisfaction index based on the results of the satisfaction tests filled in by the learners at the end of the session.

 Objectifs pédagogiques

  • Understand the history of wine in Bordeaux
  • Discover the main appellations and sub-regions and their characteristics.
  • Get to know the different components of the wine trade in Bordeaux
  • To understand the different appellations in the Bordeaux wine region
  • To get an in-depth of the different ranking systems of Bordeaux wines
  • To apprehend the impact of the ranking system on an economic and notoriety perspective
  • To get knowledge and curiosity in the field of wine
  • Knowing how to talk about terroir, landscape, human expertise
  • Know the challenges in terms of environmental preservation, sustainable development, management of rural areas and safeguarding cultural heritage.

Contenu de la formation

  • Training 1 March 16th, 2023 6:30 to 8pm “Bordeaux vineyard structuration” Presentation of the training course
    • Introduction : Introduction : Schedules, breaks, access, safety instructions.
    • France Luxe Business School presentation and Teacher’s charter
    • Round tablePrésentations du formateur et des apprenants
    • Pre-assessment: Learners’ knowledge needs. This helps to assess request, gaps, learner expectations
  • History of Bordeaux
  • Wine regions and appellations
    • Types of soils
    • Grape varieties and terroir
    • Characteristics
  • Structure of the Bordeaux wine industry
    • Classification
    • Production
    • Trade
    • Roles
  • Future prospects and evolution
  • Training 2 March 17th, 2023 6:30 to 8pm “Bordeaux wine landscape” Introduction of the training course
  • Understanding the difference between appellations and ranking
  • Left bank appellation & ranking
    • Medoc appellations and ranking system (“1855 Grand Crus Classés”, “Crus Bourgeois in Médoc”
    • Ranking of 1855 – Sauternes
    • Graves & Pessac-Léognan
  • Right bank appellation & ranking
    • Saint Emilion Appellations & Ranking
    • Pomerol – odd man out
  • Impact of the ranking system on an economic and notoriety perspective
    • wine price
    • land price
    • notoriety
  • Conclusion & question time
  • Saint Emilion Tour : March 18th, 2023 10:30 to noon Visit at the spectacular Chateau Valandraud, Saint Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé. By Mrs Maria MELIN-BONFILS Sales manager at Château Valandraud, 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion, SAS Thunevin
    • Presentation of the vineyard Genesis of Valandraud, a true Cinderella story
    • Vineyard specificity, the terroir and the grape varieties grown
    • Winemaking techniques
    • The bioclimatic cellar
  • Red and white vines tasting at the Chateau Valandraud
    • Tasting ritual, the language of wine
    • “Virginie de Valandraud”, Saint Emilion Grand Cru “Chateau Valandraud”, 1er Grand Cru Classé “Virginie de Valandraud ” white wine
    • Tasting comments sharing time
  • Saint Emilion Tour : March 18th, 2023 2:30pm to 4pm Visit at the Chateau Villemaurine with its fantastic underground monolithic wine cellar By Mrs Maria MELIN-BONFILS Sales manager at Château Valandraud, 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion, SAS Thunevin
    • Presentation of the vineyard
    • Vineyard specificity, the terroir and the grape varieties grown
    • Winemaking techniques
    • monolithic wine cellar
  • Red wine tasting at the Chateau Villemaurine
    • “Chateau Clos Badon”, Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé
    • “Chateau Villemaurine”, Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé
    • “Chateau Clos du Beau Père” a Pomerol Wine
  • summary of the visit
    • Questions/Answers and comments time

Organisation de la formation

Équipe pédagogique

Nikita GURJAR, MSc Wine and Spirits Management, diplômée de WSET niveau 3, Éducateur en vin et expert en communication.

Maria MELIN-BONFILS, Sales Manager  Château Valandraud, 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion, SAS Thunevin, Diplômée d’un Master en Sciences de Gestion et WSET level 3

Jean-Marc FIGUET, Professeur de sciences économiques à l’université de Bordeaux

Claude MANSART, Directeur France Luxe Business School, titulaire d’un Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées (eq MASTER) en Informatique, ancien ingénieur IBM France.

Moyens pédagogiques et techniques

  • Internet references, books
  • Presentation loaded in the FLBS plateform
  • Visio software: Google-Meet, Zoom. The link is available from the invite notice or the participant can send email to FLBS (info@flbs-luxe.com)
  • Good internet connection needed
  • Vineyard documentation (see internet web site)

Dispositif de suivi de l’exécution de l’évaluation des résultats de la formation

  • Electronic Signing-Off from the FLBS plateform
  • Live exchanges with the trainer who will evaluate the good progress of the participants
  • Satisfaction survey
  • Emargement

Price is 275 € all inclusive

Expert in Bordeaux Premium Wines : chateau Villemaurine

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