In the wake

of the Bordeaux wine routes

Bordeaux Wine Trip - - Contents -

Wine is ev­ery­where in Bordeaux. Even in the heart of the city the vine has slipped it­self in, har­vested on the façades of some build­ings in the Place de la Vic­toire. Kept go­ing by a pas­sion dat­ing back thou­sands of years, it marks out a fa­mil­iar land­scape of hills and geo­met­ric plains, link­ing in tight rows the white-stone vil­lages, the aris­to­cratic châteaux and the mon­u­ments on the quays.

At the doors of the city, the vine­yard in­vites all sorts of ex­pe­ri­ences and dis­cov­er­ies. On this renowned land, each sense is called upon. To stride through it is to smell the fresh­ness of the mists in Sauternes, and feel the ca­ress of the set­ting sun on the Gironde es­tu­ary. It is to ex­pe­ri­ence the noise of the trac­tors in the early morn­ing, and that of a bot­tle be­ing un­corked in the shad­ows of the cel­lars for an im­promptu tast­ing. In this mag­i­cal place, the real heart of the prop­erty, the bar­rels give off their unique aroma, fresh and heady at the same time, full of prom­ise. Here the taste of the wine de­vel­ops, its rich­ness, its bal­ance, thanks to time, thanks to the oak, and thanks to the peo­ple and their know-how.

855 na­tion­ally-recog­nised es­tab­lish­ments make up the Routes du Vin de Bordeaux. The la­bel cer­ti­fies that the es­tate pro­vides a warm wel­come; of­fers high-qual­ity ser­vice; helps vis­i­tors ex­plore the vine­yards and the uni­verse of wine; places value on lo­cal nat­u­ral, cul­tural and hu­man her­itage; is en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious.

Find the full list of cer­ti­fied “Vig­no­bles & Dé­cou­vertes” es­tab­lish­ments on the web­site www.bor­

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