Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wine Tasting in Bordeaux

Bordeaux's mix of regal chateaux, charming landscape and the best wines in the world, will make you feel you are somewhere special.
Wine Tasting - Medoc
Although lesser known than the big names in the region – Lafite-Rothschild, Palmer, Petrus - Beychevelle is one of the legendary properties of the Medoc with a charming history around the original owner Duc d'Epernon a Grand Admiral of France. In honor of the admiral, ships that sailed by the property lowered their sails (in French “baisse-voile”) which eventually became the name of the chateau, Beychevelle.

Chateau Beychevelle
, +33 (0)5 56 73 20 70, Saint Julien, Medoc. Tours are available, in English and French, for 8€ per person, including a guided tasting. E-mail to arrange a visit:

Wine Tasting – St-Emillion
St-Emilion, the oldest wine region of France, offers an Open Doors (Portes Ouverts) weekend in early May. It is the best way to get a taste of wines from smaller producers and an eye-opening experience to see the renowned bottles of St-Emilion wines coming out of someone’s garage. Don’t miss a visit to the town center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Chateau Tour
Driving through the Bordeaux region offers a great way to see the stately chateaux which range from huge palaces to modest homes.  A car is needed, unless you book a tour, but you'll need to get out of the city to see the impressive sizes of these properties.

We stayed and played at the Relais de Margaux (RELAIS MARGAUX ****L, 5 route de l'Ile Vincent BP 9, 33460 Margaux,, a 4-star luxury chateau that offers a very nice golf course and small spa. The course held 2-person slots open in the morning, so you can play with your friend or spouse and no one else.

Where to Eat
Bordeaux - M le MacaronMacarons at M le macaron, 38, rue des remparts, 33000 Bordeaux, Tel : +33 (0)9 64 23 64 65,

Offering a huge selection of sweet (white chocolate, cassis, coffee) and savory (olive oil, black truffle, foie gras) macarons.
Hours: Mon - Thurs: 11AM – 7PM; Fri - Sat: 11AM – 7:30PM

Next Time
  • Visit and stay at the Caudalie Spa in Bordeaux.  Review the recently opened Caudalie at the Plaza, New York for a taste of what it's like.
  • Dine and learn about the wines of the region at Bar à Vin, Bordeaux.


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