May 18 - Bordeaux: The Wine Country
was our day for visiting the wine country. First we had a lecture
by a local expert, Bertrand Lafon, at 8:30. Then we left at 9:45
for a visit to Chateau Roquefort in Entre-deux-Mers region southeast
of Bordeaux. This was very pleasant.
had a good guide in the form of the technical director and stared
with a tour of the grounds. Then
we had a tour of the winery itself and finally a wonderful cold
lunch (very good pate, pasta salad, and a selection of excellent
cheeses) out doors on the grounds, and with a choice of their red
white and rose wines. The weather was perfect and this lunch was
a high point of the trip.
lunch we went on to the amazing village of St. Emilion. We arrived
at an upper level where there was a square with a parapet overlooking
the lower village. This was very hard to take in because we had
only limited time there, but the village is built over huge underground
caves, including an underground church whose tower is the only part
visible in the upper village. There was another church there whose
cloister is accessed form the tourist office. The view was wonderful
but we had no time to visit the underground part of the town.
we walked down a long narrow street to the lower town and found
our bus waiting for us there. After that we went on to another winery,
whose name I forget, where we had another tour and tasting. By this
time it was very late and we were tiring, so that this visit was
a little much. The house was interesting because the winery is owned
by a wealthy businessman who rents it out to vacationers. Very luxurious.
got back to Bordeaux late in the afternoon and had dinner at La
Remise restaurant. The day would have been improved if the last
winery visit was cancel in favor of more time in St. Emilion. A
tasting of local wines in a wine bar there could have been included.
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