Bordeaux, St Emilion…fall in love
Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion, Médoc, Bassin d’Arcachon, dune du Pilat… Prepare to fall in love !
Bordeaux, world capital city of Wine and UNESCO heritage
Bordeaux and its port have joined the World Heritage of UNESCO in 2007 as an “outstanding urban and architectural ensemble”. Besides its 18th century architecture (docks facade, Place de la Bourse, Grand Theatre …), Bordeaux preserves an important heritage of its Gallo-Roman and medieval past.
Bordeaux also rimes with great and unique artists; we’ll make you meet some of them, in their craft shop directly, among their pieces of art and passion.
“La Cité du Vin” is the world biggest museum dedicated to wine and opened very recently in June 2016. We were there and it is definitely a must-see site. Through workshops, games, sensory experiences, a fantastic cellar of 500 wines coming from all over the world and creative activities, everyone will enjoy this experience.
Bordeaux Wine routes
Two thousand years of history between men and vines are waiting you in Gironde.
Bordeaux wines appeared under the Gallo-Roman era and their reputation soared in the Middle Age till the 19th century. Since then, they’re known all over the world. Today no less than 57 appellations exist.
Bordeaux wines are the result of a mixture of grape varieties. Reds with cabernet-sauvignon, cabernet, merlot, petit verdot, malbec and Carménère. Whites from sémillon, sauvignon and muscadelle.
According to your taste and desires, we will make you enter those family-owned estates.
- Côtes de Bourg and Côtes de Blaye (right bank of Gironde). The Gironde estuary is the largest estuary in Western Europe and maybe the best preserved. Reds are fruity and solid and whites are balanced and fleshy.
- Médoc (left bank of Gironde) With a majority of cabernet-sauvignon, the Médoc wines are straight and tannic. Grands crus as Saint-Estèphe and Pauillac (with the famous Latour, Laffite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and the famous Margaux) are located in the Médoc area.
- Entre deux mers Located between the Dordogne and the Garonne Rivers, l’Entre 2 Mers (In ‘between 2 seas’) produces the Bordeaux and Bordeaux supérieur appellations. The « premières côtes de Bordeaux » are notorious red wines, among others sweet wines as Sainte Croix du Mont, Loupiac and Cadillac.
- Saint-Emilion Nestled in lush vineyards, the medieval town of Saint-Emilion has retained all the charm of its origins: stones golden reflections, roofs with Roman tiles, maze of alleyways with stunning views of the surrounding vineyards. Unesco World Heritage since 1999, here the Merlot ‘cépage’ is mostly the king. The famous appellations are Saint-Emilion (13 premiers grands crus and 63 crus classés), Pomerol (with its famous Château Petrus) and the Fronsac.
- Graves (South of Bordeaux, left bank of Gironde)
Surely one of the oldest vineyards since from the Middle Age, it was already providing massively English « claret ». It is the only French wine named with its terroir : Graves. Pessac Léogan (with the famous Château Haut Brion) and Sauternes belong to the Graves.
The Arcachon’s bay and the highest dune in Europe
The Arcachon’s bay or “basin” as the locals say, is a fascinating world with multiple landscapes: oyster ports, sandy beaches, pine forests, a famous peninsula and the highest dune in Europe. Just a stone’s throw from Bordeaux, come and feel the peaceful atmosphere around the bay: Arcachon, La Teste de Buch, Lège-Cap Ferret…
The basin on one side and the Atlantic ocean’ big waves on the other.
Arcachon is a lovely village with nearly a thousand colourful huts oyster that are scattered around the Arcachon Basin . Taste oysters like you never did, make a stop at the Cap Ferret market or enjoy a boat trip in a “pinasse” (local traditional boat) to discover the basin differently.
The Dune of Pilat is the highest in Europe, no less ! With its 110 meter-high, the view from the top is breathtaking: across the Bay of Arcachon, the Atlantic Ocean and the Landes pine forest.