Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Bordeaux, Part Deux

Here is the other travelogue email I sent home from Bordeaux after getting to tour some of the local vineyards. This was a great day!

While in Bordeaux I enjoyed a tour of the Medoc Vineyards, took photos of some of the more famous wine chateaux and toured Chateau Prieure-Lichine, a winery in the Margaux appellation of Medoc. As explained by our delightful guide Maria in her charming French accent "Ze wine of de Medoc, he is like ze perfect gentleman. He is strong. He is powerful. But he is always discret." The Medoc region of Bordeaux produces some of the world's best cabernet sauvignons and merlots. ("But zis is true, eh? I am not chauviniste.") At Prieure-Lichine we got to sample some of the cabernet which was a good thing because it saved me from making an embarassing scene by screaming "I am NOT drinking MERLOT!"*

The photos are: Chateaux LaFitte-Rothchilds ("the creme de la creme" of Medoc wineries), Chateau Pichon-Longueville, the picturesque vineyards of Chateau Margaux, Chateau Prieure-Lichine, me on the grounds of Prieure-Lichine as taken by our guide, Maria ("Zo when you are 'ome, you are zaying to your friends 'Look! I was zhere!'"), and finally the oak barrells of Chateau Prieure-Lichine.
Enjoy! xo M

*For those of you who don't know, this is a line from the movie "Sideways" which resulted in a drop in the sales of Merlot following the film's release.



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