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... Caprais de Blaye.
The Aire in St. Paul is being re-surfaced but note that apart from shop which closes at 19:30 there is nothing else in the village by way of facilities.
We must have passed signs for 100 Chateau or Caves in our evening journey through the heart of the wine region. The neat rows of the vines are such a beautiful sight.
We crossed over the Gironde and the Dordogne en-route the waters that are so essential to the Bordeaux heartbeat.
... was a church built in the 12th century and the stone walls that lined the road leading to the vineyard were also hundreds of years old.
The vineyard was called Chateau du Cerons and produced only relatively small quantities of wine - very boutique style. The owner of the vineyard who took us around talked of the unique climate that produces their wine. A river, quite warm, runs not far from their property which meets ...
... by 9.00a.m. when stallholders were still laying out their tables and the crowds were yet to arrive. By mid-morning, however, a sea of people filled the town, snaking their way up the main street and into the square.
We had done a couple of laps by late morning, and so headed off around noon for Saint Emilion, a two-hour drive west in the direction of Bordeaux, where we would be catching our train ...
... to note that the vines are planted precisely by distance and height so they get the necessary amount of sun to grow and produce properly.
I went through Blaye Fortress, a 17th century citadel built by a famous military engineer Vauban. Its fortress and tunnels are an UNESCO monument. The fortress that once housed 2800 soldiers was never attacked. Eleanor of Acquatine once lived there.
... lunch at The Gallerie which is owned by Clarissa and Les from the villa. They served a selection of tapas for everyone along with salads chosen by us. And of course we tasted some more wine. Later in the afternoon we went to the second chateau, Chateau Rousselle, where the rules were a bit more relaxed so we were able to have a much closer look at all the processes to make the wine. We then tried some more ...