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Snooth User: JonDerry

Bordeaux Chateau: Any rec's for visiting?

Posted by JonDerry, Nov 23, 2011.

The couple we went to Paso with have decided to make a stop in Bordeaux during their winter getaway in Europe. Just for fun, i'm going to price out the trip to see how much it would cost us, but i'm pretty sure there's no way we can go unless I promise to not buy any wine for 6 months or more.

Any recommendations for them?

I'm going to recommend they explore St. Emilion, but if there are any lesser known chateaux with decent hospitality and pretty good wines available for under $75.00 would be best.




Reply by dmcker, Nov 25, 2011.

St Emilion and Pomerol sound like a way to avoid the obvious crowds on the left bank, though that may be a moot point in the Winter. 

What are your favorite wines so far, and how many days to you have to play with?

Reply by JonDerry, Nov 26, 2011.

Not much traffic in winter?  I wonder if many of the chateau will be closed.

Regretfully, everything's still a bit formulaic with me in regards to Bordeaux, haven't tried enough of the wines to know first hand, but I feel i've read enough about it to be fairly book smart.

My friends have 4 days to play with, unfortunately i'll be unable to go this time, but am working on giving them suggestions for their itinerary. They'll want cheaper bottle prices mostly, and the only premium visits i've thought to recommend are Giscours on the left bank and Troplong Mondot on the right. At Troplong, you need to lunch or dinner with them to taste, and i'm not sure what Giscous would be like yet. Calon Segur?

More reasonable chateau that i've come accross are Cantermerle, Haut Medoc - La Confession, St. Emilion - Pontensac, Medoc. La Fleur de Bouard, Lalande de Pomerol. Actually, still have work to do in the under $40.00 price range.

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