Beautiful Bordeaux, Part 2

Monday was a big day for us. We got up bright and early and got ready to head out for our Chateau Tour of the Pauillac and Margaux wine regions of southwest France. Remember Patrick’s sister, Kiki, from my previous Bordeaux post? Well she was a wine exporter for 25+ years and got us hooked up with a few really top classification chateaus for the day. [note: there was a classification [wiki] of the wineries in France in 1855 or something]. We visited a few of the top classes and had a tasting at a number 2 and number 5 class.] This was a very special treat and we had a kind of ‘all-access’ pass to some of these places. It was great!

One of the really interesting things about the chateaus in Bordeaux and the classification into the different tiers is that on one side of the road you can have a First Classification wine and right on the other side (like a car lengths apart) you can have a chateau that isn’t ranked at all. I won’t get too technical about it, but apparently its all about the “terrior” or ground that the vines grow in. The ideal is clay and rock and sometimes, just on the other side of the street the ground can be more grass. It’s fascinating (at least to me)… that’s all for the wine mumbo jumbo… hopefully you’re not bored yet. I’ve included some photos of the interiors/exteriors of the different chateaus with my best attempt at remembering which is which.

Wine glasses at Lynch-Bages Chateau in Francewine tasting at lynch-bages chateau in pauillac france

Note about wine tasting: Technically you’re supposed to take a sip and spit after you’ve taken in the flavor and what not…. I did NOT spit. This was some of the best wine I will probably ever drink. Spit! no way… in fact, I’ll take seconds!

After we were done wine tasting for the day (which was some of the best wine ever) we went to visit a really special place that Patrick thought I would appreciate… he was right.

The french resistance had lots of ‘hideouts’ all over France called a ‘marquis’. I discovered last year that my grandfather likely stayed in one of these marquis for about 2 weeks some 70 years ago. With all the research I’ve done into his story I haven’t been able to dig up much about the marquis, what the environment was like, etc. Well, Patrick and his 2 siblings, father and grandmother visited one of these marquis’ some 50 years ago and he wanted to share that with me. It was really interesting. Unfortunately (for some reason) this marquis was not protected in any way by the city, region or state so it has been a home to squatters, teens boozing for the night, etc and has fallen into disrepair. However, I was able to snap a couple of shots and also see an inscription made by the resistance 70 years ago which means, in short, Long Live DeGuall, long live the france. This very well may have been the hideout my grandfather escaped to, deep in the woods, to escape the nazi’s. Amazing!!

Chateau Cantenac Brown in Margaux FranceChateau Cantenac Brown in Margaux France

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