Our trip to Bordeaux began with a drive from Fontainebleau to Tours where we had dinner and spent the night at the Château d'Artigny. We awoke October 29 to head toward Bordeaux, with a lunch stop in Rochefort. After lunch we hit the road and decided at the last minute to head to St. Émilion for dinner. The beauty of St. Émilion was evident even though night had fallen by the time we arrived. We stopped first in wine shop where we quickly contributed a sizable sum to the local economy for a case of St. Émilion wine. Dinner was wonderful, after which we headed toward Cordeillan-Bages, a wonderful Relais & Châteaus hotel in Paulliac. After arriving late in the evening, we booked into our suite with a separate room for Dana, Alexandre and Andreas.

We awoke with a plan to enjoy the hotel amenities and fitness center and then to visit some châteaux. We made arrangements to visit the Château Beychevelle and then the Château Lynch Bages, with an arrangement to visit the Château Mouton Rothschild the next morning before heading home. The visits were wonderful, with Lynch Bages being an excellent insight into Jean-Michel Cazes and his efforts to bring tourism to the Médoc.

For dinner on the 30th, we ordered in for Dana and the kids and Kate and I headed to the Michelin starred restaurant in the Cordeillan-Bages run by chef Thierry Marx. It was, simply, one of, if not the best, meal of our lives. Truly extraordinary and fantastic. We awoke on the 31st to visit the Château Mouton Rothschild, which exceeded our expectations. As we had at the other châteaux, we purchased some of the vintage wines and look forward to drinking them in the coming decade.


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Alexandre in Chateau d'Artigny

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