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Saturday, 21 August 2010

Sauntering in Sauternes

Pretty hilltop château with perhaps a potential for making sweet wine?

We left Langon yesterday and headed to Pauillac to spend the weekend with friends before heading back up to the Loire early next week. It was a lovely morning and on the way there we had a quick saunter through some of Sauternes. Quite a contrast to Saint-Emilion which was packed with visitors, this charming wine region had very few yesterday morning.  

Avenue of trees leading to Château Guiraud

Château Guiraud
Château Filhot (above and below)

A famous entrance

Château d'Yquem (CRM)

Future d'Yquem 2010
Maison du Sauternes

We dropped into the well organised and helpful Maison du Sauternes and bought a small selection.


luc charlier said...

Looking at the beautiful « platanes » (English = « plane-tree », US = « sycamore ») flanking the alley at Ch. Guiraud reminds me of the following:
- “Why do you see that many “platanes” along the French countryside-roads ?”
- “Because the German troups like to march in the shade”.

I’ve been told the real reason is that the wood of plane-trees needs no drying before you can make a bonfire with it. Therefore, Napoleon had them planted for direct use by his armies.

Jim's Loire said...

Thanks Luc. The dappled light made the avenue particularly attractive.