Bordeaux is a great place to visit for any wine lover. With numerous options for tastings, classes, and tours, you will want to spend a few days if possible. The city of Bordeaux is also not to be missed. There are museums, estate visits and of course shopping. I also recommend making a stop in Saint Émilion: which is a classified UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another plus is travel time to Bordeaux from Paris is around 3 hours on the TGV high-speed train.
For wine lovers, there are several wine routes to explore. In the north and east, the Route des Châteaux crosses the Médoc; over near Bourg and Blaye, it is the Route des Coteaux; then the Route du Patrimoine explores winemaking heritage of the area around Saint-Émilion, Pomerol and Fronsac. Further south, you can follow the Route des Graves, the Route des Sweet Bordeaux near Sauternes, and, lastly, the Route des Bastides in Entre-Deux-Mers. If you need help deciding your itinerary, Bordeaux.com offers a trip planner to assist with selecting Chateau visits, tours, restaurants, accommodations, as well as events.
On a recent trip to Bordeaux, I had the opportunity to visit several Chateaux from small estates on the Right Bank to larger ones on the Left bank and a few in Sauternes. It is nice when visiting to see the contrast between the larger and smaller estates. The smaller ones are more personal and you have the ability to interact with the winemaker. The larger estates are noticeably setup for tourism as your guide takes you on a very calculated tour some even ending at the gift shop like Smith Haut Lafitte.
Here are few of my favorite places to grab a bite to eat.
L’Envers du Decor: Amazing wine list and some of the best creme brule I’ve ever had. 11 Rue du Clocher, 33330 Saint-Émilion Logis de la Cadène: Beautifully prepared dishes for lunch or dinner 3 Place du Marché au Bois, 33330 Saint-Emilion
La Cagette: Cozy restaurant open for lunch and dinner. 8 Place du Palais, 33000 Bordeaux
Pâtisserie David: For the Dunes by David. Galerie des Grands Hommes, Place des Grands Hommes, 33000 Bordeaux
Canelés Baillardran Galerie des Grands Hommes, Place des Grands Hommes, 33000 Bordeaux and several other locations.
By Candice Birdsong for Wine Tasting In Paris. For more information about my Bordeaux trip visit my blog PrettyGirlsCook.com.