Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wine tasting at Chateau Figeac and dinner at the Hostellerie de Plaisance in St. Emilion, Bordeaux



The other day in Bordeaux, living a pretty liquid Travelife, we spent a very nice afternoon around the town of St. Emilion, and then ended the day with dinner at Bordeaux's best restaurant.

The entire day was very enjoyable and eventful, and we ended dinner at 1 AM in St. Emilion, walking through an empty village finally devoid of tourists in rather chilly weather for July in France, to get to our car. 

A HOME IN ST. EMILION



To start, we visited a British friend with a lovely home right inside the historic village of St. Emilion. 

St. Emilion is a mecca of sorts for wine lovers and it's also considered the most beautiful village in Bordeaux.

It was a little too early to start drinking, even in the wine country, but we sat outside in the garden trading stories about Travel and Life over nibbles and apperitifs.

LAZY DAYS OF WINE



This friend has had his home in St. Emilion for many years now, and he just loves it. 

He spends almost all summer in France, spending lazy days driving around the vineyards and even lazier evenings sitting around his garden with friends, drinking bottle after bottle of Bordeaux wine.

CHOOSING THE BEST




I'd chosen Hostellerie de Plaisance for that night's dinner because it's really the best in Bordeaux.

But interestingly, this friend told me about a very new restaurant that has opened in St. Emilion, as we sat in his garden talking about our favorite places to eat in the world.



This new restaurant is right inside one of the wineries, and it's excellent food for very good value. "For the most expensive meal, you'd pay 70 euros tops," he told us. 

He'd discovered it via a winemaker who'd invited him there for dinner. And since then, he'd been to eat at this new restaurant at least several times a week.

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So we have a new place to try next time, on our next trip to Bordeaux, living a Travelife.

A PRIVATE VISIT TO CHATEAU FIGEAC



Then, in the early evening, we had to leave as I had arranged a private visit and wine tasting at Chateau Figeac nearby. 

Actually, I'd arranged this with lots of help from our hotel concierge in Bordeaux.

MY FAVORITE HOTEL IN BORDEAUX



We stayed at the lovely Grand Hotel de Bordeaux, which is my favorite hotel in the city of Bordeaux.

Via their excellent concierge, I'd arranged for visits to some of my favorite winemakers.



More on this later, and on the great service of the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux, which is one of the few hotels in this part of France with concierge who are accredited with the Cle D'Or, which is the highest accreditation possible for hotel concierge. 

The very best hotels in France have this concierge on their team.

ONE OF MY CHOICES



Chateau Figeac is one of my favorite wines. 

The last time I was in Bordeaux, which was almost exactly one year ago, we hadn't had time to visit this chateau, so it was at the top of my list for this visit



We had the place to ourselves, and we ended our visit with a very nice wine tasting, which certainly set the tone for the rest of the evening.

THE BEST RESTAURANT IN BORDEAUX



Then, as I've already written, dinner that night was at the Hostellerie de Plaisance, a Relais and Chateaux property with a great terrace for enjoying views and a restaurant widely considered the best in Bordeaux. 



It's very lovely and elegant, and we made a very merry and large party that night, in one corner of the restaurant.

A MENU FULL OF SURPRISES



There were only two choices that night. 

We had to pick either the six course surprise menu or the seven course gastronomic menu



We decided on the six courses simply because we were eating so much food everyday.



What a lovely menu we had. 

We all decided that this was our best dinner so far, on this trip, as every single course was beautifully plated and absolutely delicious. 

MORE TO COME IN SPAIN



But I said to everyone, "This is the best dinner so far. Don't forget that we have meals in the best restaurants of Spain coming up..."

Yes, I've booked some of the best restaurants in the world for this trip, and these happen to be in Spain.



We were in Bordeaux that night, you see, and driving to Spain the next day, for another wonderful adventure in my neverending and neverendingly eventful Travelife.


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