Down to the Bordeaux region, the holidays couldn’t get better: on top of all the (wine driven) planning, we got to Saint Emilion during the “Saint-Emilion Portes ouvertes” event, the only weekend of the year where many chateaux open their doors for wine tasting and to show off their cellars.
This was a really special gift as most of the wine estates are either closed to the public or it can only be visited by appointment.
Saint Emilion itself is quite a special place: this medieval village dated from the 8th century is surrounded by vineyards, it has lots of underground galleries that work as caves for some of the best wines in the world and it is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
Walking through these ancient stone streets, exploring some tiny shops, bakeries or historical sites, the smell from the macaroon factories, the taste of the traditional dishes such as roast rabbit or duck and all the amazing wines that we tried were truly remarkable.
Small village around Bordeaux
At Le Comptoir de Genès wine bar, there is no wine list: the wines are displayed in wooden boxes all over the restaurant and you can pick your own bottle.
It is really exciting going around and reading about the wines, the Chateau and the winemakers but in case you feel lost, the staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and they will proudly assist you on the choice.
It is like going to a candy shop !!!