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Guest columnist Brinda Bourhis appears into the boom in wine tourism and hospitality in Bordeaux’s gorgeous land of ‘noble rot’

Obtaining lived in Bordeaux for more than twenty years, I’ve had the likelihood to immerse myself in the superb vineyards from the Left Bank and Appropriate Bank. I’m generally amazed by the contrasts, from the vast lands and majestic chateaux in the Medoc to the smaller sized loved ones-owned estates in St Emilion.

Even so when it comes to Sauternes, it is yet another planet. The liquid gold that is developed there is incomparable – a planet apart from generating bold reds or dry whites. In some vintages, when the climate does not enable for the improvement of noble rot, the wine producers of Sauternes can shed their complete crop or create tiny quantities of wines.

More than the years, with the increasing boom in wine tourism in Bordeaux, it has been fantastic to see chateaux in Sauternes and Barsac operating to far better educate buyers on the wonders of this sweet wine that is not just drunk with dessert!

Hospitality and Wine Tourism in Bordeaux’s Golden Nectar

The appellation of Sauternes &amp Barsac, 50 km south of Bordeaux city, is house to exquisite sweet wines such as 27 chateaux listed in the renowned 1855 classification of Grands Crus Classés drawn up upon the request of the French Emperor Napoleon III.

Chateau Yquem photo credit ©G.Uféras

Nowadays, it is a wine area tha is actively establishing wine tourism to attract guests from about the planet who dream of a total immersion in Bordeaux’s golden nectar.

Right here are some not-to-miss tourism attractions in Sauternes:

Lafaurie-Peyraguey Hotel &amp Restaurant Lalique

Sauternes produced the news just not too long ago on 21st January 2019, when the newly-opened restaurant Lalique of Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey was awarded its 1st Michelin star. Chef Jérôme Schilling is naturally thrilled.. “The basis of my culinary philosophy is uncomplicated: I use seasonal solutions that are ideally nearby and environmentally friendly.” He has created an completely vegetarian menu (fairly uncommon to discover in Bordeaux’s finest establishments) with dishes that pair completely with the wines from the estate.

Hotel Lalique Photo credit Anne-EmmanuelleThion

The man behind this venture is Silvio Denz, President and CEO of Lalique, France’s luxury crystal designer. Following acquiring the wine estate in 2014, Denz undertook significant renovation operate to make a hotel and restaurant that opened to the public in June 2018. When I visited this five-star hotel, I was impressed not only by the sparkling crystal that embellishes the 13 bedrooms but also by the spectacular views overlooking the vineyards virtually wherever you are in the hotel. Rooms can be booked on the web-site and start off from about €295 per evening for a double space such as breakfast.

Even so, if you just want to book a wine tour then that is also doable. A private take a look at for €25 per individual consists of a tasting of 3 wines and you will get a likelihood to see the cellars, the Chapel and the Vinothèque (wine and accessory shop) all decorated by Lalique.


Rayne Vigneau

For a lot more adventurous guests, Chateau Rayne Vigneau is the location to be with a tasting on a treetop! As an alternative of tasting the wines in a classic cellar, right here you make your way up a 200-year old cedar tree… rest assured you will be supervised by a specialist tree climber. As soon as at the prime, you can taste the 1st Grand Cru Classé Sauternes 1855 of the estate with a fabulous view of the Ciron river. If you are scared of heights, but nevertheless searching for an original practical experience, Chateau Rayne Vigneau has possibilities. You can opt to find out their vineyards on horseback, followed by a tasting of 3 wines in the cellar.

Treetop tasting at Chateau Rayne Vigneau

Information and
rates on all activities can be discovered on www.raynevigneau.fr

La Chapelle de Guiraud Restaurant

The 1st restaurant to have opened in a Grand Cru Classé is in Sauternes at Chateau Guiraud.
Named La Chapelle de Guiraud, it sits in the heart of this organically-farmed wine estate run by Xavier Planty. He joined forces with Nicolas Lascombes, owner of 10 restaurants in Bordeaux such as Le 7 at the prime of the Cité du Vin. The meals at La Chapelle is brasserie-style with nearby create such as oysters and grilled meats. Just before or following your meal, you can also take a look at Chateau Guiraud that has been involved in wine tourism for quite a few years and is open to the public 7 days a week.

Château d’Yquem
Ranked correct at the prime of the 1855 classification of Sauternes, the Premier Cru Chateau d’Yquem is open for visits. This is a best illustration of how the Sauternes location is opening its doors to the public. As to be anticipated from this exceptional wine, the guided tour is a magical practical experience. Visits are doable by appointment only by way of their web-site or by way of Bordeaux Wine Trip created by the Bordeaux tourist workplace, with 3 possibilities:
“Discovery” consists of a tasting of 2017 Y, their dry white and 2016 Château d’Yquem. The expense is €75 per individual.

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