Wine tasting in Saint-Émilion and the Médoc
We had four delightful days of warmth and wine, starting in Saint-Émilion: Roman in origin and almost hollow with caves, is redolent of wine. With its pedestrianized streets, boutique shops, wine merchants and cafés it provided a charming start to our short holiday before dinner at the Michelin starred Hosstellerie de Plaisance. Our first tasting was at Château Canon, with its fascinating ‘caves’: next to Château Angelus, for lunch with their Grand Cru Classé wines. In the Médoc our first sensational tasting was at Château Margaux with Paul Pontallier who introduced us to their superb delicate wines in stylish surroundings and we watched the estate’s traditional cooper producing barrels from French oak. On to Château Rauzan-Ségla, where our tasting preceded a light lunch with memorable wines followed by a stroll in the garden and round the charming château. There was time to visit Bordeaux, before a private dinner with Anthony Barton in St. Julien at Château Lango & Léoville Barton.