Bordeaux Wine Tour – Day 1 & 2!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Blog, French culture, Trips Abroad, Wine | No Comments

 

Our week in Bordeaux started off with a bang… or lots of bangs as we watched a fabulous fireworks display on Saturday evening (Day -1 for the trip). I wish that I could say that we had this planned for our arrival, however some things are better off as a surprise!

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The official kick-off dinner was at L’Entrecôte on Sunday evening! This is a tradition that Don Hackett, my friend and partner on the wine tours, initiated that dates back to his first wine tasting trip to Bordeaux with Sherlock’s Wine Merchants. It’s a tasty and casual way to begin the week. The restaurant is located on the Place de l’Opéra in Bordeaux, in a cool old brasserie.

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Monday we got right to business with our first stop at Château Lafon-Rochet in St. Estèphe to visit with Basil Tesseron and his father, Michel. After touring the new wine-making facilities, which are still under construction, we had a lovely lunch at the château.

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After lunch, we toured and tasted Château Pichon-Longueville, a second growth in Pauillac. One of my favorites there was the 2012 Château Pichon-Longueville, the first label, which was well-rounded with lots of fruit and tannin that will age well, but wasn’t bad now.

Our last tasting of the day was at Château Durfort-Vivens, also a second growth, in Margaux. The wines that we tasted,the 2009 first label and the 2009 second label (Vivens) were both good. Again, I particularly liked the 1st label; it was elegant, well-structured and just generally delicious.

I must admit that I have a small penchant for the wines of Margaux as the first tasting that I ever did in France was in Margaux some 30+ years ago!

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