Here you rub shoulders with one of the most prestigious vineyards in the world. It comes in a thousand and one ways ...
Earth modeled in hills of white gravel, bathed in sun, it contemplates the estuary of the Gironde which protects it from the excesses of the climate.
It is here for several centuries that the most famous wines in the world have been born in cradles like Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Haut-Médoc, Médoc… Terre de Châteaux… Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Cos d 'Estournel, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Pichon Baron, Léoville, Montrose, Gruaud-Larose ...
The list is long of these areas whose name alone evokes the quintessence of pleasure ...
36 Grands Crus Classés in 1855 and a few hundred Crus Bourgeois, Crus Artisans or Caves Coopératives share an exceptional terroir.
Land of men too, of those who love their vines, of those who preserve the best of the past and constantly innovate. Of these men who know how to open their cellars to you and offer you their passion
And in practice
First of all, you have to know how to speak "Bordeaux" because when you read "visit a castle", understand "visit the cellars of the castle".
Indeed here the term "castle" designates a vineyard on which there is (or not) a real castle. When we also know that “real castles” are private houses, entering them as a visitor is quite an achievement.
But finally entering the cellars will transport you to a much more fascinating world, the thousand-year-old one of Bordeaux wine. In Médoc, it is prudent to prepare your visit, especially if you wish to visit a Grand Cru Classé 1855, one of those châteaux known to the whole world. Once you arrive, remember that you are invited to private property.
Of course, the châteaux are not philanthropic and welcome you to make themselves known, but most of them do so because that's how it is, it's a tradition here to receive people who come to the property. Some areas offer you thematic visits often in a setting worthy of architectural journals. It is very impressive and above all you should not miss it!
In the Médoc there are not only large prestigious properties, you will also find small wine growers there who take care of their vines like a vegetable garden and welcome you like a friend.
So don't choose, at least visit both!
And now… what am I going to do?