The Grand Cru of all stays

Trip Start Jul 23, 2012
Trip End Aug 15, 2012

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Flag of France  , Aquitaine,
Saturday, August 4, 2012

We were just spoiled ROTTEN in the Bordeaux wine region.  Let me explain:
Our bed and breakfast, just about 15km outside of Saint-Emilion, is a little family-run winery called Chateau de Crecy.  Martine and Bruno are the wife and husband who operate the chambres in their home.  When I reserved the room for 2 nights, I also booked a dinner cooked by the owners for the first night.  We literally ate and drank until we could barely move ourselves upstairs to our room.  Dinner on the first night (because of course we booked again for the 2nd!) was accompanied by Mark and Ella, a couple from Belgium.  We had a fabulous time talking politics, travel, food, wine, beer, families, etc..., all while being served dish after dish of delectable food: pate, quiche Lorraine, plank grilled fish with grilled tomatoes.  And then came the cheese platter, stuffed with fresh goat cheeses from their NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS!  I tell you, friends, this place was the closest we've come to Nirvana on vacation
We had another amazing meal the next night with a young French couple from Bordeaux.  The language barrier was greater, and the husband kept their dog on his lap and fed it throughout the whole meal, but it was all good.  Fresh tomato and fromage blanc salad, grilled duck breast, more goat cheese (!) and a peach crumble so good it'd make you slap your grandma. 
I don't want you to think that we just spent our time in wine country eating.  Never fear--we also drank.  A lot.  Saint-Emilion is a small village that's a mecca for wine connoisseurs.  Merlot grapes are the prevalent crop grown, along with some cabernet franc and sauvignon.  The wine is cheap and delicious.  We were able to get several bottles of "St-Emilion Grand Cru" for under 20Euros each.  Being the absolute experts in the wine market that we are (ha!), it still seemed like a steal of a deal.  Cut to us sitting outside on a blanket, eating salami, bread and goat cheese, downing a bottle of Cheval Brun 2009 Grand Cru like it was OE 800.  Classy!  We still have some bottles left that we'll shove into our stinky shoes at the end of this trip and smuggle home to hopefully share with all of you.
When we left our heavenly b&b, it was starting to rain.  Martine told us that the weather was 'sad that we had to leave.'  So were we.  But on our way to Brittany we went to our next adventure-Dinan! 

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