|Entrance to Chateau Giscours|
I quickly learned a couple thing to note:
1 - Wine touring season really doesn't begin until after April 1st or even the 15th
2 - Most vineyards (or Chateaux as they are called here) are often only open by appointment and one needs to call or email ahead to arrange a tour & tasting.
|Grounds at Chateau Giscours|
So off we went - Much to our delight, as we arrived at Chateau Giscours and parked, another small group of tourists like ourselves were coming out of a building. They told us that tours were not available but the woman inside would do a tasting. Sounded great to us. Inside we were greeted by a delightful young women who offered us some of the Chateaux's wines. She was extremely knowledgeable and we learned a lot not only about the different wines that are made at Chateau Giscours, but also about the French rating system (Grand cru classe, Cru Classe, Cru Bourgeois etc..), reputation of a vineyard, and the different appellation rules in France. She even explained that Chateau Giscours had mapped out their soils to further understand their different grapes and tastes in each area. This was probably one of the most informative and interesting tastings I have done. We were so appreciate for the discussion. We were even lucky enough to taste a special wine that had been opened for one of the famous wine critics who had just visited earlier that week!
|Tasting room at Chateau Giscours|
|One of the tasting rooms|
|Map of the different soils in the vineyards at Chateau Giscours|
|Another tasting room - Chateau Giscours|
|Looking out at the vineyards at Chateau Giscours|
|Another Chateau near Margaux|
|Standing outside of the village at Margaux|
|Looking toward the village of Margaux|
|Another Chateau to our left|
After enjoying and taking in the beautiful countryside, we headed into Margaux to find a restaurant for lunch. At this lovely place, Restaurant La Savoie, we enjoyed some wonderful fish and a heavenly dessert of Sabayon des fruits! (Warm fruit mixed in a light custard sauce)
So in perfect French style, as we were walking around the village after lunch, we came across this wonderful chocolate shop. The chocolate was delicious, but the chocolate dress - Impressive!! The dress had been created and worn at a Chocolate festival!
|Chocolatier - Mademoiselle de Margaux|
|The chocolate and wire dress!|
As we left Margaux, we headed up North - further into the Medoc region - enjoying more of the countryside and marveling in the number of vineyards in this area. Quite impressive!
As we drove a bit further North into the village of Arsin, we came across Chateau Arsin which was also open for tasting. Again, these grounds were great to walk around and so unique. I loved the orange trees out front of the villa along with the statues and fountains.
|Orange trees in front of Chateau Arsin|
|Statue in the Jardin|
|Fountain in the Jardin of Chateau Arsin|
This was a wonderful day! Full of so many of my favorite things - great wine, beautiful scenery, lovely lunch and delicious chocolate! I will remember this area and look forward to visiting some of the other Chateaux in the region - hopefully we will plan ahead next time and remember to make appointments!