Legendary Chateaux of the Medoc in St Julien – June 5

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This day was devoted to the magnificent and bold wines of St. Julien. First stop was Chateau Lagrange, which has lovely gardens. Click the link below to go to the website for Chateau Lagrange:

http://www.chateau-lagrange.com/Accueil/?lg=en

Next was the legendary Chateau Beychevelle, on the shore of the Gironde. This Grand Cru estate has produced the finest wines since its beginning at the turn of the 17th century, when the first Duke of Epernon, made Admiral of France, lived there. All the ships travelling up and down the Gironde would lower their sails out of respect the the Admiral, which in the Gascon dialect of the area was called “Baisse-Voile”, or lower the sails, which later evolved into the name Beychevelle. One of my favorite estates! Click on the link below to go to the website for Chateau Beychevelle:

http://www.beychevelle.com/uk/index.html

Lunch was in St. Julien, at a marvelous little bistro called Chez Meme. Click on the link below to go to the website for Chez Meme:

http://bistrotchezmeme.overblog.com/

After lunch, it was Chateau Leoville Las Cases, right in the town of St. Julien. A very old estate, but with the most modern methods, and with 4 fabulous labels. Click on the link below to go to the website for Chateau Leoville Las Cases:

http://www.domaines-delon.com/en/leoville-chateau_leoville_las_cases_histoire.html

The last chateau of the day was the wonderful Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, one of the great estates of St. Julien. We met the winemaker himself for a very special tour, and had the benefit of his somewhat offbeat sense of humor. The owners of Beaucaillou are lovers of modern art, and several of their unusual pieces have been placed in the winery and the tasting room. A historic, vibrant and beautiful place! Click on the link below to go to the website for Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou:

http://www.chateau-ducru-beaucaillou.com/site2006-va/index.html

Finally, to cap off this perfect day, we returned to our hotel, Chateau Cordeillian-Bages, for a very special gourmet dinner in the Michelin-starred restaurant, accompanied by Gary’s 6-bottle vertical of Pichon-Longueville, which he so kindly shared with all of us. A fabulous farewell to right bank of the Medoc!

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