Chateau de la Huste Fronsac 2009
Bordeaux Wine Recommendations
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The Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux was conceived as a temple of the Arts and Light, with a neo-classical facade. It has a portico of 12 Corinthian style colossal columns which support an entablature on which 12 statues stand that represent the nine Muses and three goddesses (Juno, Venus and Minerva). The Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux is one of the oldest wooden frame opera houses in Europe not to have burnt or required rebuilding.Today, the theatre is home to the Opéra National de Bordeaux, as well as the Ballet National de Bordeaux which has many international dancers such as Igor Yebra from Spain and Kase Craig from New Zealand.
Grosse Cloche (The Big Clock)
Lining the quays of Bordeaux for a half mile are elegant classical buildings from the 18th century. This impressive collection of architecture along the river was designed to welcome and impress visitors. The most magnificent example of this neoclassical architecture is the Place de la Bourse, which epitomizes the elegance of 18th century design. Place de la Bourse is one of the most recognizable sights of Bordeaux. The square was built between 1730 and 1755 by members of the Gabriel family of architects. In the center of the square is the lovely Fountain of the Three Graces, surrounded by two beautiful pavilion-like buildings: the Bourse (Stock Exchange) and the Musée des Douanes (Customs Museum). These graceful quayside buildings stand just above the banks of the Garonne River. Take a scenic walk alongside the Garonne to admire the inspiring architecture of the Place de la Bourse and the shimmering reflections of the buildings in the river.
The Pont de pierre (or "Stone Bridge" in English) is a bridge located in the Gironde department of France in Bordeaux, which connects the left bank of the Garonne River (cours Victor Hugo) to the right bank quartier de la Bastide (Avenue Thiers). It has seventeen arches (number of letters in the name Napoléon Bonaparte). On the sides, each pile of bricks is capped by a white medallion in honor of the emperor. It also carries the coat of arms of the city (three intertwined crescents). It was the only bridge until the construction of pont Saint-Jean in 1965.
The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux is the fine arts museum of the city of Bordeaux, France. Established in 1801 by the painter Pierre Lacour, it is one of the largest art galleries of France outside Paris. The museum is housed in a dependency of the Palais Rohan in central Bordeaux. Its collections regroup paintings, sculptures and drawings. The painting collection is the largest one and its strong points are works by French and Dutch painters. The museum holds several paintings that were looted by the French during the French revolution (so-called 'saisies révolutionnaires') and were never returned to their lawful owners such as the Martyrdom of Saint Georges by Peter Paul Rubens. Some of the painters represented at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux are Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, and Perugino.
A remnant of medieval Bordeaux, the Grosse Cloche (Big Clock) is a monument built in the 13th and 15th centuries. The clock features predominantly in the gate tower that was part of the old city hall. This vestige of the Middle Ages in the historic city center has been restored to its former glory and adds to the ambiance of another era. Stand beneath the great archway and look up. This lion standing on the smaller tower represents Britain's historical occupation of Bordeaux. Climb the tower for a close-up view of the bell. Explore the interior of the towers, which were once used as a prison for the city's petty offenders. The adjoining church is also open to the public.
Foods You Must Try In Bordeaux & Wine Tips
Agneau de Pauillac (Lamb)
A delicacy from the Gironde area, this suckling lamb is milk-fed by ewes grazed on Atlantic coastal grasses. It’s the perfect match for the fine, firm clarets of the region, especially the majestic Pauillac.
• Médoc wines, especially if rich in Cabernet Sauvignon, make an equally good match for lamb and are often more affordably priced.
Foie gras (fattened duck or goose liver) is a popular and well-known delicacy in French cuisine. Its flavor is rich, buttery, and delicate. It may also be served as an accompaniment to another food item, such as steak. French law states that "Foie gras belongs to the protected cultural and gastronomical heritage of France".
Restaurateurs in the Landes region were first to grill this fattened duck breast skin-side down. The skin becomes crispy, the meat absorbs the fat and it’s served pink.
• A mature Bordeaux Supérieur is the perfect partner with magret. If you are adding a plum or cherry sauce, perhaps a Pomerol.
Created 300 years ago in Bordeaux, this small, dark, cup-sized cake, fluted like a Doric column, has a smooth, sweet, rum-and-vanilla filling encased in a thin, crunchy, bittersweet burnt-sugar shell.
• The sweeter the white wine the better, so opt for a good-quality Barsac or Sauternes.
Confit is an ancient southwest tradition, adopted throughout France, of preserving meat in its own fat. Confit of duck is especially popular in Bordeaux and often available as a plat du jour.
• Splash out on a mature Haut-Médoc, a Cru Bourgeois perhaps, or a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru from a vintage such as 2010.
Macarons de Saint-Emilion
Delicious, sweet, almond-based macaroons of various flavours were first made in 1620 by Les Ursulines, a community of nuns in Saint-Emilion.
• The sparkling Crémant de Bordeaux mirrors the lightness of touch of a good macaron. The affordable sweet whites of Sainte-Croix-du-Mont are also ideal.
Entrecôte Grillée (Steak)
The vignerons’ favourite, steak barbecued on vine cuttings, is best from local cattle. Heaven with Merlot-rich Saint-Emilion.
• Côtes de Bordeaux wines, especially those of Castillon or Blaye, offer a similar character to Saint-Emilion and are equally delicious with this steak.
Huîtres d’Arcachon (Oysters)
The Bassin d’Arcachon, southwest of Bordeaux, is one of the most important oyster centres in France. Order 12 by the beach with a squeeze of lemon and a glass of Sauvignon.
• With oysters, the lighter the white wine, the better, so avoid anything oaked. White Bordeaux blending Sauvignon and Sémillon (check the back label), is another good choice.
Lamproie is an eel-like fish, abundant in the Gironde, Europe’s largest estuary. Slow cooked in red wine with vegetables, veal bone and Bayonne bacon, it is traditionally served the following day.
• Ideally you should drink the same wine used in the dish, but otherwise an earthy Graves or Péssac-Léognan is perfect.
It's a must to visit one of Bordeaux’s great markets and select from an incredible assortment of sausage and cheeses. Plus it’s excellent value. Consider taking your picnic down to the Jardin Public or Le Miroir d’eau on the La Garonne river, both in the center of the city. These are both wonderful and relaxing places to enjoy one of your must eat meals in Bordeaux.
Château de la Huste, the 18th-century property in Saillans, Fronsac, has an enchanting beauty that flows into Brigitte Rullier’s merlot-based wines. The 40-year-old vines are grown on one of the highest parts of the town, giving the name La Huste to the wine. The 2009 is a blend of 90 per cent merlot and 10 per cent cabernet franc, garnet red in the glass and endlessly delicious with freshly crushed raspberry, black cherry, plum and vanilla spice with smooth tannins and refreshing acidity. Pair this medium-bodied wine with a hearty beef stew, roast lamb or chicken.
Chateau Vignol Clairet 2015
Our Chamonix Chardonnay is released in the first year after the harvest. The wine shows bright straw yellow colour with golden highlights and ample aromas in scents that recall tropical fruits and grapefruit, mingling with hints of oatmeal, caramel and nutmeg. Medium-bodied with richly complex flavours, mellow fruit sensations are deftly fused with oak in a long, elegant finish. It should reach its prime in about 5 years from release.
Grapes: Chardonnay 100%
L’Exuberance du Clos Cantenac Rosé 2015
From Saint-Emilion, better known for its reds, L’Exuberance du Clos Cantenac is a delicate rose petal pink in the glass. With white stone fruit, succulent wild red berries, caramel and cream notes, each sip feels silky and elegant. Well structured, with a hint of smoky spice and balanced acidity, it works well with food or thirstily quaffed by itself as a sundowner.
Famous Waterways in Bordeaux
The Dordogne river crosses much of south-west France, a journey of almost 500 kilometres from its source in the mountains of the Massif Central to its final confluence with the Garonne River before entering the Atlantic Ocean near Bordeaux. The river changes completely in character during its voyage to the sea but retains one very important characteristic wherever you are along its course - there are numerous towns and villages and a great deal of beautiful countryside to discover nearby.
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The Garonne River runs for 357 miles through southwestern France and northern Spain. From its headwaters in the Pyrenees, it follows the Aran Valley northward into France, flowing through Toulouse on its way to Bordeaux, where it meets the Gironde estuary - which flows into the Atlantic Ocean at the Bay of Biscay. In spite of the presence of some 50 locks, the Garonne is one of the few rivers in Europe that exhibit a tidal bore, a phenomenon by which a wave of water can flow back upriver. Towns along the Garonne include Toulouse, Bordeaux and Blaye.