After a good night sleep and a full breakfast we said goodbye to our friends and to St. Emilion. Today, we’re off to Margaux, another world-famous vine district. Just so that You know, You can’t leave the Bordelaise region without visiting Margaux, it’s “obligatoire”!
There is a large number of excellent wine growing communes in the Bordeaux region, Margaux is one of them. You will find 21 Crus Classés in Margaux, that is more than any of the other communes.The region of Margaux is situated 25km. northeast from Bordeaux. The village of the commune is also called Margaux and it’s leading “Premier Cru” is the prestigious, highly desired and very expensive Château Margaux ( 33460 Margaux – France)
Just driving in the area this sunny day of July was fantastic, everything around us exuded taste and class, so chic!
We didn’t plan anything in advance this day, the only thing we knew was that we wanted to see Château Margaux for real and to have a guided tour with some wine tasting in a Château, and so we did.
Visiting a wine estate is an enriching experience!
After some driving we stopped in a beautiful place called Château Dauzac (1 Avenue Georges Johnston – 33460 Labarde), one of oldest wine estates of Médoc. We just walked in and asked if it was possible to have a guided tour followed by some tutored wine tasting. And to our surprise the answer was “-Yes, of course! Just follow me”.
Anders and I had a private tour with a charming guide who took us for an educative an interesting 45min. tour. She explained the viticulture methods of Château Dauzac, showed us and explained the process of the wine in the vatroom and ended the tour in the impressive barrel-cellar. We did really appreciate and enjoy this experience, actually we learned a lot.
The wine-tasting session organized in the end of the visit was really amusing. We discovered three different red wines from the vintages of Château Dauzac and thank’s to the details given by our guide it made the experience even more enriching. After thanking our guide and paying for the visit and wine-tasting (only 8euros per person…,) we headed for lunch. Before leaving the vineyard we bought 2 bottles of red wine that we will drink in souvenir of this great day in Margaux.
In Margaux and the surroundings You will find a great number of gastronomic restaurants, serving delicate food accompanied by fantastic wines. As I mentioned in the beginning, we didn’t reserve or plan anything in advance this day. We stoped for lunch at a place called Le Pavillon de Margaux (3, rue Georges Mandel – 33460 Margaux). The hotel/restaurant Le Pavillion de Margaux serves traditional french food in a cosy atmosphère. The restaurant is perfectly situated, central but still calm and with a truly stunning view of grapes.
What a beautiful place!
Château Margaux…, here we come! As You can imagine we made a stop in Château Margaux, it’s inevitable. The vineyard of Château Margaux is situated within a few minutes drive from the center of the village of Margaux. This private property was constructed by the architect Louis Combes 1810-1816 and is classed “Monument Historique” since 1965.
We parked the car on the parking for visitors and just strolled around for a while, taking some pictures, looking at the vineyard and the beautiful Château Margaux. Except a few tourist, walking around admiring the area just like us, and three or four workers there was no-one else. The atmosphère was very calm and quiet, almost unreal.
If You would like to visite the Château Margaux You must reserve the visit in advance as visits are limited, don’t think You can show up for a visit just like that, this is “The” Château Margaux. You will find all the information about the visit of the cellar on the official website (www.chateau-margaux.com).
If possible, Anders and I will try to organize a visit to the beautiful estate of Château Margaux next time we are heading for Bordeaux.
This is what I found on the official website in July 2014 (www.chateau-margaux.com).
- Visits to the cellars by appointment only from Monday to Friday.
- Closed on weekends, public holidays, in August and during the harvest.
- Tasting is only for professionals. No direct sales.
Addresses & Google maps
- Château Dauzac – 1, Avenue Georges Johnston – 33460 Labarde
- Le Pavillon de Margaux – 3, rue Georges Mandel – 33460 Margaux
- Château Margaux – 33460 Margaux – France
*how to use the Google map links