Food, Travel

When in Bordeaux…

Happy days! GodzillaPin and the Ninja Turtle were joined on Friday by Sonic the Hedgehog, who flew all the way from Sydney to spend a few precious days with the duo. Since they’re in Bordeaux, there’s only one logical activity on the itinerary…

First stop: Château Lusseau, owned by the Quellien family

First stop: Château Lusseau, owned by the Quellien family and do visits by appointment

M. Quellien spent a good hour going into the details of the Bordeaux regions, and how the terroirs of the Left (sandy and stony) and the Right (calcium clay) banks of the river are different, hence influencing the profiles of the wine. The blend of varietals are also different; in Graves where they’re situated, the mix of Merlot and Cabernet Savignon tends to be about 50-50%, but they also do use Cabernet Franc and Malbec. On the right bank, it’s predominantly Merlot.

Sonic the Hedgehog marvelling the quantity of wine behind him

Sonic the Hedgehog marvelling the quantity of wine behind him

Château Lusseau produces both red and white wines, which was a surprise to the Ninja Turtle, since Bordeaux isn’t really known for their whites. They tasted one which was a mix of Semillon and Savignon Blanc, which was citrusy and carried hints of vanilla. She wished they had oysters at hand.

Then they were served red wines from this cool little temperature-controlled fridge maintained at 18 Celsius.

Then they were served red wines from this cool little temperature-controlled fridge maintained at 18 Celsius.

The boys browsing a book written by the younger M. Quellien, who'd gone backpacking around Australia a few years ago and decided to write all about it

The boys browsing a book written by the younger M. Quellien, who’d gone backpacking around Australia a few years ago and decided to write all about it

After a quick lunch break, it was off to the next stop:

Château Siran, another family-owned winery that's open for daily visits at 3pm, or by appointment

Château Siran, another family-owned winery that’s open for daily visits at 3pm, or by appointment

They arrived a little late, but were warmly welcomed to join the group, where they were shown an impressive collection of wine - 90% of which are already pre-sold

They arrived a little late, but were warmly welcomed to join the group, where they were shown an impressive collection of wine – 90% of which are already pre-sold

The massive French oak barrels where the fermentation begins...

The massive French oak barrels where the fermentation begins…

The château also houses a museum with an impressive collection of centuries-old wine vessels, porcelain plates and flasks

The château also houses a museum with an impressive collection of centuries-old wine vessels, porcelain plates and flasks

A nuclear-bunker style wine cellar (this is for real, and not a figure of speech!)

A nuclear-bunker style wine cellar (this is for real, and not a figure of speech!)

Where the family houses their precious wine collection

Where the family houses their precious wine collection

Some of which date back to the late 1800s!

Some of which date back to the late 1800s!

The patriach of the family is also a bit of a map aficionado, and this is one of several original maps of the region from the 17th or 18th centuries

The patriach of the family is also a bit of a map aficionado, and this is one of several original maps of the region from the 17th or 18th centuries

The visit finished with wine tasting and a guessing game of sniff-the-bottle-and-guess-the-scent

The visit finished with wine tasting and Clotilde, their beautiful guide, organised a guessing game of sniff-the-bottle-and-guess-the-scent for visitors

It was a Sunday afternoon fabulously spent at both Château Lusseau and Château Siran, and they walked away with a good half a dozen bottles, pleasantly tipsy (not GodzillaPin though, he had to drive). More adventures to come!

P.S Like all our other posts, we have received no payments nor recompense in any form to write about our visits; we simply share what we truly enjoy, and believe our readers would be interested in reading.

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