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The Bordeaux Winetrail Itinerary

Day 5

Guess What? More Wine Tasting. Today's Wednesday, This Must Be Fronsac

Tasting from the barrel at Château Tour de By, Bordeaux, © Patrick Hudgell, 2012Today is a long cycle ride - almost 40 miles. We leave the Dordogne behind us at Libourne and begin our acquaitance with the Gironde that will last the rest of the week. We pass through St Andre de Cubzac, birthplace and resting place of Jacques Cousteau, and we cycle through Pomerol, Fronsac and the Côtes de Bourg on our way to the Gironde port of Blaye, gateway to Bordeaux.

Our hotel tonight is the delightful Auberge de Porches, where the owner has a deserved reputation for her adventurous cooking - she needs almost no provocation to pull out articles featuring her hotel and its gourmet cuisine. Blaye boasts an absolutely huge Citadelle that once protected the approaches to Bordeaux from the English, who used to own the place.

Depending on timing today, we can taste at one of the premier estates in this under-rated appellation, Château Peybonhomme-les-Tours, and perhaps at the Syndicat du Vin in Blaye, courtesy of the aptly named Monsieur Château.

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