Bordeaux

Saint Emilion is a hot spot for wine tourism; this beautifully preserved medieval village receives over one million visitors every year.

Bordeaux wines are food wines, showing to their best advantage with food that softens their tannins and flatters their aromas. Lucky then that the food and restaurant scene in Bordeaux is thriving with new chefs and well established ones opening new restaurants or taking over famous names. This trend has now been confirmed by a slew of stars in the 2018 Michelin star awards.

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Chateau Castera is in the North of the Medoc, past the appellation of Saint Estèphe. It is worth the trip. As you travel north, there is a change in the feel of this region and a change in the soil. Mixed in with the famous Medoc gravel, you will start to see clay and some sand - this explains why many of these wines have a higher percentage of merlot, giving them an approachable elegance.

The Château de Reignac, awarded international Best Of winner for 2018, has invented a new conception in wine tasting: a world tour of International Best Of Wine Tourism winners. April 6, the tasting will take place at the Château, and will be duplicated in other member cities of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

What does the instagram feed of a wine lover look like? Bottles will feature strongly of course but how about fantastic architecture:  a wonderful chateau, barrel cellar or tasting room?  An amazing view?  Beautiful gardens? Quirky design and art? Bordeaux has all these instagram opportunities and more. Here is a selection of a few go-to locations to create your own Bordeaux feed.

Bordeaux is an historical wine region. Grapes have been grown and wine made here since Roman times, but rooted in the past does not mean stuck in it. There is a long history of innovation here; introducing new aging techniques to produce the ‘New French Claret’ in the 17th century, solving challenges such as mildew with the Bordeaux mixture in 1878 or the introduction of stainless steel tanks in the 1960’s. This spirit of innovation continues today.

Clément Fayat opened introduced this sleeping beauty to the 21st century in 2012 by commission the architect Jean Nouvel to create a new technical cellar for the property. He then handed the keys of the estate to his sons for them to carry the project forward, and they have. Finished in 2014, this shinny, red cellar is now a beacon for visitors lost amongst the vines of Pomerol and Saint Emilion and a Best Of Wine Tourism Gold winner for architecture.

By Wendy Narby

 

You know the saying: you're getting old when the policemen are younger than you. In wine we say the same for wine makers. If you still have an image of Bordeaux being the domain of an older generation, take another look!

Bordeaux is the perfect romantic venue: the scenery, the chateaux, the wine, the food, and the waterways, all grounded in history, leave you spoilt for choice.

Perfectly placed just half an hour from the city of Bordeaux, yet in the heart of the vineyards of Pessac Léognan, Château Le Pape is an ideal central base from which to discover the Bordeaux vineyards.

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