The great chateax of Bordeaux – June 3

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The second full day of our adventure in Bordeaux found us at 4 great estates, plus a charming lunch in Pauillac, and a fabulous gourmet feast for dinner!

The first chateau was Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. This is one of the most beautiful chateaux in all of France, and was developed by a strong and visionary woman in the early 19th century. When the old Baron de Longueville died, he left 5 children. The family gradually coalesced around the eldest son, the next Baron, who received the estate across the road from this one, and built a fine chateau of his own. The other property fell to a daughter and her younger sister. The older sister was determined to make great wine, and she secured the future of the estate by marrying the wealthy Comte de Lalande.  Her label would go down in history as Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. The wine is legendary for its smooth and sophisticated elegance.  Click on the link below to go to the website for the chateau.

Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Next we visited the Grand Cru Chateau Pontet-Canet.  One of our favorites, this amazing place dates from the early 1700’s.  Ironically, many of the bio-dynamic techniques of the earliest years are now being re-invented in this modern age, including the use of horses in the vineyards.  The taste of the great wine from this chateau is unforgettable.  Click on the link below to go to the website for the chateau.

Chateau Pontet-Canet

Lunch was in Pauillac at a charming little fromagerie with wonderful food, wine and cheese.  A friendly bear guards the front entrance, we could hardly bear to leave!  Click on the link below to go to the website.

Fromagerie-Medoc

After lunch we went back to the Pichon-Longueville, this time across the road to the estate of the Baron Longueville.  This gorgeous estate makes wines equally as fabulous as those of the Comtesse, but more masculine and with amazing strength and flavor.  Our friend Gary bought a vertical of 6 vintage years beginning with the celebrated 2000, and he proposes to share them with all of us at an upcoming dinner!  Yum!   Click on the link below to go to the website for the chateau.

Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron

Today’s last stop is the amazing Grand Cru Chateau Lafon-Rochet.  This property was acquired in the 1960’s by the Tesseron family, and we were hosted by Msgr. Tesseron himself, who poured personally for us.  His brother owns Pontet-Canet, which we visited in the morning.  The chateau was completely rebuilt in the 1970’s, and is a country home for Msgr. Tesseron.  Having officially retired, he told us that his main occupation these days is teaching his dog to talk.  Click on the link below to go to the website for the chateau.

Chateau Lafon-Rochet

We end our day in the best possible way:  With a feast at the home of a retired Michelin star chef.  What a delightful dinner, and a delightful day in Bordeaux!

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