From St Julien to St Esteph

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We spent the night in Pauillac on Monday night and headed to St Julien to visit a classified growth Chateau you might recognize; Chateau Leoville Las Cases. This tasting was extensive and exceptional! We were at this property all morning. Our extremely experienced guide said Chateau Leoville Las Cases was his favorite wine in all of the Medoc! Wow, that is saying a lot. The picture below was where they conducted our tasting and they were most generous with their offering. We tasted about 6 different wines from all of their wineries. They own about three. I must say the wines were stellar and I will look for this label back home. They are considered a “super 2nd” growth chateau because they are a cut above other second growth chateaux.

Lunch today is in the town of Pauillac in the Medoc, more specifically a small area called Bages. Have you heard of the famous Lynch Bages? It was opened by the owner of Lynch Bages because the town was starting to lose all of the local merchants due to growth & development so he established an area with small restaurants and shops where locals and visitors can gather.

Next two visits are also well known classified growth wineries: Chateau Pontet Canet and Chateau Phelan Segur both in St Esteph. I am astounded by the level of attention we are receiving at these wineries and the kinds of wines we are tasting! I am not sure I will be able to drink new world wines again after this 🙂

Below is the winery of Chateau Pontet Canet. They were the most serious about biodynamic techniques and they had some of the most progressive operations in the medoc region. These vats are shaped like an amphora which is a vessel that was used to transport wine in the 16th century. It is thought to be a better way to age the wine because of the shape if the vat.

Wednesday evening photo shoot overlooking St. Emillion before dinner. I could have stood here for hours just taking in this scenery. It is so special and just like a post card! This place is something so unique that even if you are not a wine geek like myself you would love it.

Posted in Bordeaux, Winery Visits.