Wine tasting in Bordeaux is a fabulous way to explore the French countryside. Taste the terroir in gorgeous chateaux while learning about the art of wine making from the French…à votre sauté! [Cheers!]
I was blown away by this gorgeous city. It was my first trip to France and after leaving Paris I thought, ‘what the heck is gunna top that?!’
I knew I wanted to see the French countryside, but wasn’t certain where to head. After chatting with some locals, while drinking wine of course, I decided on Bordeaux. Boy, was I happy with my decision. Here are my suggestions for wine tasting in Bordeaux.
Meaning “to chase away the blues,” Chateau Chasse-Spleen is a winery in the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation of the Bordeaux region of France, just north-west of Margaux. Yummy wine and some funky design make for a great stop.
The origins of the domain go back to 1719, but it was in 1838 that a certain Henry Delaroze, mayor of Saint-Laurent, created a vineyard on the parcel known as the “tènement de Trintaudon”, a magnificent gravelly hillside up to then uncultivated.In 1986, the insurance company Allianz bought the domain, now one of the largest vineyards in the Medoc both in terms of size and production, based on the great potential of its ‘terroir.’ [Courtesy of chateau-larose-trintaudon.fr]
This is more of what most people picture a chateau to look like. This estate dates back to the XVI Century and is a must see. Do reserve a tour in advance as well as a meal. Oh la la!
BORDEAUX WINE REGIONS
Divided naturally by the Gironde Estuary, the wine region is broken up into the left bank and the right bank. The Médoc area [left bank] is known for red blends with a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon while Saint-Émilion has red blends with a majority of Merlot. The Grave region is about 50/50 of each.
Let’s be real though, all the wine here is AMAZING! Get lost and see what you stumble upon…you won’t be disappointed! And those chateaux!!!
Chauffeur it up with their small group tours, private tours or self drive tours. I chose the small group and met some fantastic travel friends from all over the world. The guide was very knowledgeable and Chateau selection superb! I was able to book last minute in person but online reservations are highly recommended during busy seasons.
Café Napoleon [6 BIS cours du 30 juillet / 33000 Bordeaux]
Conveniently located next to the Bordo Vino Wine Tour pickup, this cafe has some very tasty French cuisine in an adorable setting – picture chandeliers with mosaic tiled floors. I stopped by for a bite before my tour left and had an omelette fromages [cheese omelette] and a café allongé [espresso in a large cup with hot water].
Le Bar du Boucher [5 Rue du Parlement Sainte-Catherine / 33000 Bordeaux]
You will find lots of meat (veal, beef, lamb and bull…yup) and plenty of wine (140 selections to be exact) in this cosy spot in the heart of old Bordeaux. It is another great spot to stop before or after wine tasting.
If wine tasting isn’t you’re favorite thing to do…check out these other French articles. Have any favorite spots in Bordeaux or these wine regions? Please let me know in the comments below.
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