My parents are off to Bordeaux in September and they asked me to help them plan which wineries to visit.
I think they'd prefer the right bank wines (more merlot!), but other than that i dont have much advice for them. Can anyone recommend any specific chateau's that are nice to visit. They are there for 3 days and they'd prefer a mix of venues from medium to high end, but primarily I think they'd prefer the smaller family owned Chateaus.
- Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jun 17, 2008.
Although the Bordelais are very good at some things, letting anyone come in to Chateau Petrus and look around is not one of them. Fortunately, there are 5,000 smaller estates eager for visitors and the region has made big steps forward in terms wine tourism.
I do hope you have tapped our mutual friends at Ch. Cadillac. It is near Fronsac on the Right Bank, and I'm sure they'll roll out the red carpet pour M. et Mme. James.
I have a few other ideas... but they only speak French.
I suggest they spend a few quid on one of these books. The maps and phone #s are really good and I am totally converted to this series having had success with the Northwest Italy edition.
- Reply by The Tippler, Aug 8, 2008.
Here is another they could try - I see they have an email address to contact re visits. Its a combination of Welsh and Kiwis who currently run it - so no problem with language, and looks to be fairly close to Cadillac - tho I've not been there myself
- Reply by Philip James, Aug 8, 2008.
Thanks Tippler - will pass it on
- Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Aug 8, 2008.
Cerons is just across the Garonne river from Cadillac, but Chateau Cadillac is 60 kilometers away in Cadillac-en-Fronsadais across the Dordogne river in the Fronsac region!
- Reply by Adam Levin, Aug 10, 2008.
If they are going to Pauillac, I would recommend Lynch-Bages - they have a great tasting room and offer some educational programs too.
- Reply by Philip James, Aug 29, 2008.
Looks like they are going to see:
- Chateau Cadillac
- Haut Smith Lafite
- Chateau Palmer
they've promised a trip report - should be in by the end of the month.
- Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Sep 2, 2008.
(NB - It is Smith Haut Lafite)
Awesome trio... and shockingly, three Chateaux that I have visited. I predict they like Palmer the best. It is the quintessential Bdx Chateau:
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