"The best in Bordeaux." That is how Elodie was described to me by one of her fellow guides while I shopped around, and this proved to be absolutely true. I have done wine tours all over France and Italy, from the Northern Rhone to Bourgogne, from Tuscany to Barolo.. and hands down, Elodie was my favorite guide based on knowledge, energy, and personality.
Elodie made a perfectly customized tour for me. She put together two days worth of visits to all organic/biodynamic vineyards, a layer of the industry which for me, is very important.
She mixed it up between large and small producers, but each that she chose was magical in its own way. Elodie is clearly cherished by the producers, they seem to work extra hard to make the experience special for her clients, which is a testament to Elodie's importance in the wine community in Bordeaux. If you've ever been on a wine tour, you know that your guide's relationship with the vineyard is everything when it comes to making the experience magical.
When I take a wine tour, the most important thing for me is leaving with an education. As much as I want to like my guide, I'm not usually on a wine tour to find a new friend, I care most about how they deliver information in a clear and digestible way, while keeping me engaged through a long day. But it's impossible not to adore Elodie. She was born in the region, it's in her blood. But she's not just a local... she is world traveled, witty, warm, and loves what she does! Spending two full days with her was like going on a road trip with a long lost friend. A friend who happens to know everything about Bordeaux wine production.
One last anecdote. Six months after my trip with Elodie, one of the amazing producers we visited in Bordeaux was doing a private tasting in an intimate setting in my home city. I learned about the event too late, and the guest list for the evening was already over capacity. I was dying to get in to the event and to pick up a few bottles, which were at the time, not available outside of Bordeaux. With a quick email to Elodie, she was on the phone, after hours, reaching out to her connections at the vineyard, and with the host who was stateside. Not only did I end up getting a seat at the table, but I was treated almost as the guest of honor. The one person in the room who had actually been on the grounds of the amazing vineyard back in Bordeaux. But most importantly, I was friend of Elodie. This is the kind of professional and person Elodie is. The absolute best!
-- Rosey, USA