Thursday, June 30, 2005


Bordeaux, the land of wonderful wines. While I was staying at the winery, I could swear I smelled wine in the air and it was wonderful. There are four red wine regions in Bordeaux:

Medoc: Medoc, Haut Medoc, Margaux, Sainte Estephe, Pauillac, Saint Julien, Listrac, and Moulis.
Graves: Graves, Pessac Leognan, Sauternes, Barsac, Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux
Cotes Wine: Cotes de Bourg, Cotes de Blaye, Cotes de Castillon, and Cotes de Francs
Libourne: Sainte Emilion, Pomerol, and Fronsac,

As I mentioned yesterday, I stayed in the Medoc region in Margaux. With the two kids, I didn't do any wine tasting. However, one day I did take a short ride to take some pictures on the scenic route that is appropriately named Route des Chateaux, the wine chateaux route.

Here are some of the chateaux that we passed. They are just beautiful.

Chateau Kirwan
Chateau Palmer

Chateau Branaire Ducru
Chateau Pichon Longueville

Last week Medoc celebrated the 150th anniversary of their wine classification. This classification, created in 1855, was developed by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce at the request of Napoleon III. A first cru, the best classification, ensures a high price for the wine. For instance, a Chateau Lafite Rothschild ranges in price on the internet from a $145/1996 bottle to a $585/2000 bottle. Nothing like being ranked first!

When I moved to France, my French brother-in-law advised us to buy Bordeaux. Although we've branched out a bit (we especially like Brouilly), when it doubt, we do buy Bordeaux and we've never been disappointed.

-- said Auntie M in Paris
11:22 PM



It dawned on me one reason why I love your postings so much. Like today's you wrote about the aroma at the winery - not just the wines they make, etc. And I felt like I could have been there. Gee in real life I only have a little California merlot.

Those pics of the chateaus are wonderful - great shots. Thanks for sharing! Terry in SF

# posted by Anonymous : 12:48 AM  

I run there at once !

# posted by negrito : 1:25 AM  

We visited St Emilion last week and stocked up on some new additions to the cave. Nice town, nice drop of rouge.

# posted by Greg : 8:10 AM  

Nice website, and nice photos … no doubt … I’m developing a website for the english speaking community of Paris, thinking, what about a link exchange, since both of us are speaking about english speaking Paris !!! Here is my site … http://www.kigoobe.com/meetup

# posted by Sourav : 1:35 PM  

Great photos; haven't they been used in movies? They look familiar to me somehow.

# posted by kenju : 7:34 PM  

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