If you are traveling with your VinGardeValise® to Bordeaux, France, here are five wineries that you should have on your wine tasting itinerary. Be prepared, you’ll want to take some amazing bottles home!
Château Cheval Blanc – Saint-Emilion
While traveling around the bountiful wine region of Bordeaux, stop by the town of Saint-Emilion, well-known for its world-class wines and historical terroir. Standing in the middle of a multitude of vines, a flawless white wine cellar belongs to Château Cheval Blanc. If you haven’t already heard of it, Château Cheval Blanc is considered to be one of the best wineries in France. In the wine industry for about 186 years, Cheval Blanc produces blends from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. A must-try while wine tasting your way through its incredible cellar is the Vintage Château Cheval Blanc 2009. Rich and complete with notes of fig, blackberry and hints of violet, this full-bodied white wine will be a delight on your palate.
Château Beauregard – Pomerol
Located right by Saint-Emilion is the town of Pomerol, another well-known wine area. Pomerol is home to several great wineries, including Château Beauregard. This estate, linked to the Knights Templar, perfectly depicts Bordeaux’s architecture with its magnificent Gironde chartreuse. During your visit, notice the variety of concrete tanks – these make the vintages exceptional. If you (and you should) decide to do a tasting here, we highly recommend the Château Beauregard 2013. Elegant and delicate with aromas of black fruit and sweet spices, this vintage will bring freshness and silkiness to your palate.
Château Pape Clément – Pessac-Léognan
On your way to Bordeaux, take a break and walk around the various vineyards at Pessac-Léognan. Lesser known than Saint-Emilion or Pomerol, Pessac-Léognan has some of the greatest and oldest Bordeaux vineyards. If you are looking for a historically fantastic tasting, this is it. Considered as one of the oldest Grands Crus of Bordeaux, Château Pape Clément started making wine in the 12th century. One wine that you should absolutely carry in your VinGardeValise® is the Château Pape Clément 2015. Dense with notes of leather, charred wood and roast, this 2015 vintage will captivate your palate with its elegance and aromatic range.
Château Cos d’Estournel – Saint-Estèphe
A little farther north is the town of Saint-Estèphe, another treasure of the Medoc subregion. Among several internationally recognized wineries here is Château Cos d’Estournel. One-of-a-kind, this winery attracts visitors for its singular Indian architecture and unsurpassed modern cellars (gravity-flow, glass elevators…). Blessed with an exceptionally diverse terroir, Cos d’Estournel never fails to produce high-quality wines, including the highly acclaimed Château Cos d’Estournel 2009. Voluptuous with aromas of black fruit and cherries, this vintage is full of extravagance and generosity – it will not leave you indifferent. Its sleek taste on the palate is simply extraordinary.
Château Haut-Bergeron – Sauternes
Now, let’s finish this tour of the Bordeaux region with a dessert wine from the great Sauternes area. Maybe you’ve heard and tasted some of its greatest: Château d’Yquem, Clos Haut-Peyraguey… A little bit smaller but just as significant as the others, Château Haut-Bergeron produces one of the best Sauternes in the area. Located in the town of Preignac, this family-owned winery benefits from focusing on its small production of top quality dessert wines. One thing to know about Sauternes wines is that the older they get, the sweeter they become. To that point, taste Château Haut-Bergeron 2010. Deep with notes of honey, apricot and candied peach, this golden robe wine will charm your senses and palate by its silky sweetness and aromatic exposure. This wine will give even the skeptic an appreciation for dessert wines.
Now that you know where to go wine tasting around Bordeaux, don’t wait any longer to load your VinGardeValise® with some of France’s finest! The wine suitcase is available in two sizes, 8 and 12-bottle, and three colors. Don’t hesitate to order before your next French getaway!