The Bordelais, thousands of hectares of vines with producers on every bend of the road… When you visit this angle of South-West France, you have to be prepared, you have to know what you seek. Besides the city of Bordeaux which is worth a detour to see its fine architecture, if it is wine you’re after it’s well worth collecting information beforehand or having knowledge about this or that producer – otherwise, as the saying goes, it will be like trying to find a needle in a haystack!
Without being pretentious but wishing to take you off the beaten track, I invite you to meander in the Libournais region along the banks of the Gironde. The first pleasure you’ll have will be driving amongst vines which go on and on and on… The second will be the warm welcome you get when you open the doors to two of its most characterful producers.
As with all wine tasting we start with white wines so I’d suggest a stop at Chateau Juncarret at Vayres. This vineyard produces controlled Bordeaux wines designated Graves de Vayres, and is known in the region more for its whites than for its reds. Chateau Juncarret produces a dry white wine from 100% Sauvignon variety vines and a sweet white wine from Sauvignon and Sémillon variety vines. These wines, so different on the palette, leave you with the thought of tasting them as an aperitif on a terrace, accompanied by a fish grill or even by foie gras.
A converted town house with stunningly chic rooms and great value self-catering apartments. L'Hotel Particulier Bordeaux is right in the kick of things to discover the world’s capital of wine, and it’s a perfect base to hop the many wine routes of the Bordeaux region.
L’Hôtel Particulier, 44 rue Vital Carles, 33000 Bordeaux – France