Secret Vineyards: Bordeaux Region

by Ludovic June 03, 2013

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!

The other wine routes

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.

Visit the Chateau Juncarret

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.

© Vignobles Bertin

Visit the vignobles Bertin

If you cross the Gironde and travel north of Libourne I’d would suggest you stop at the Vignobles Bertin in Saint-Denis-de-Pile, on the property of Madame Bertin. Since 1742 the passion of wine has been transmitted in this family from generation to generation. She produces her wine from typical Bordelais grape varieties and has three designations: Chateau Dallau – Bordeau Supérieur, Chateau Cardinal – Montagne-Saint-Emilion and Clos l’Hermitage – Lalande de Pomerol. Madame Bertin takes care of the property with love and determination. She adores having visitors at Chateau Dallau to share her passion of wine and all things good! Madame Bertin is like the grandmother we all dream of, once you go over the doorstep you tend to forget your reason for being there as a sense comes over you as being a long lost relative returned at last…

Boutique hotel in Bordeaux

L’Hôtel Particulier, Bordeaux

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


Many thanks to Ludovic from Chez Vous Chai Moi for sharing some of his secret places near Bordeaux with us.

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