jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 36 [6 Mar 09] – Bordeaux

Posted in Bordeaux by jn82 on March 7, 2009

The day started out with a not very interesting guided walking tour of the city. Yes Bordeaux is a beautiful city with very historical stone buildings, but it just did not seem interesting as the other cities we have visited so far. Perhaps it is because most of the buildings were either destroyed or pulled down during the French revolution.

Token cathedral nave (Notre Dame).

Marche Des Grands Hommes, site of an old market, now retail building.

Anyway, the highlight of the day was in the afternoon, when we went to Château Lynch-Bages, a winery in the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux. No trip to Bordeaux can be complete or even considered a trip to Bordeaux without an excursion to one of the world’s most famous wine growing regions. Many would say that the small appellation of Pauillac is home to the best (and most expensive) wines in the world, as it boasts of the most famous châteaus such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild. After a one and a half hour bus ride which cost 9.40€ each way, we arrived at Château Lynch-Bages. Though this château was only rated in the Cinquièmes Crus (fifth level) of the 1855 Grands Crus Classés, it is considered by many in the industry to produce Troisièmes Crus (second level) Grands Crus Classés wine in recent times.

Outside Château Lynch-Bages.

Our guide was a very knowledgable young man which brought us around Château Lynch-Bages’ wine production areas, and we were told and saw how wine was harvested, fermented and aged at Château Lynch-Bages. Very interesting tour indeed, and unlike many of the Australian wineries that I have visited previously which only provided wine tasting and nothing more.

Steel fermentation vats.

Oak barrels where the aging occurs.

At the end of the tour, we were given three wines to taste. The first was from the second (and lower) label of the winery, Chateau Haut-Bages Averous. The second was from wine from a different area of Bordeaux Saint-Estèphe (but owned by the same owner of Château Lynch-Bages), Chateau Les Ormes de Pez. The third, and flagship wine of the chateau, holder of the 1855 Cinquièmes Crus Grands Crus Classés, was Château Lynch-Bages, named after the winery. All three were fantastic wines with different characters which we enjoyed very much.


On the way back on the bus, we met a Chinese girl from Shanghai who had studied wine making at the Masters level at the University of Bordeaux, and was now working in Asian marketing for a 1855 Cinquièmes Crus Grands Crus Classés winery in Médoc. How interesting!

Link to all of today’s pictures here.


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  1. La Haute Couture du Voyage said, on June 17, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Congrats for this very good travel dairy !

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