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The Bordeaux Winetrail Itinerary

Day 6

The Haut Médoc, the Heartland of Bordeaux.

Group photo in the médoc, BordeauxLazy day, and isn't it about time? We cross the Gironde by ferry to Cussac, and make our way to the Bernard family at Château du Raux in the Haut Médoc. This is exactly the popular image of wine-making in France, a family estate producing quality wines as a family business.

The son, Patrick, is a highly qualified wine-maker, and provides a fascinating insight into wine - with luck you'll be wine tasting direct from the barrel. The process of extracting wine from the barrel is fascinating if you haven't seen it before, and involves a drill, a crowbar and an ingenious device that holds a glass and a candle. Sound a bit like your dentist? You'll have to come and see it.

After lunch we'll visit one of the more famous names of the Haut Médoc at Chateau Lynch-Bages, an opportunity to see one of the finest names in wine-making going about their business. Time and energy permitting, we might also have the opportunity to visit the museum at Mouton Rothschild. Normally I recommend that we avoid the carefully manicured estates of the Grand Cru Classé in the Haut Médoc, but it is fascinating to see the difference. I wouldn't want to spend a week in them, but an afternoon seeing how the other half of the wine world live is fascinating. Tonight we stay in Pauillac, the world centre of fine wine.

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