Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Day 3 continued! Castle of Roquetaillade, Château de Rayne Vigneau and Famous Sauternes Wines

Travel back in time with me while we visit the historic Castle of Roquetaillade and enjoy the famous Sauternes wine region, where we tasted the sweet wines made in this beautiful part of France. The name means "carved out of rock" describing its natural defensive site. It was initially built in the 10th century by Charlemagne as his army advanced toward the Pyrenees. The castle was then rebuilt in the 14th century by the noble family who still lives there today after 700 years.
One of the many beautiful details in this bedroom below!

After the tour of the castle, we traveled to the Sauternes wine region to Chateau de Rayne Vigneau, that was recognized in the official 1855 classification as 1st Grand Cru Classe wines.

The sweet wines from the Sauterne region are made from Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscatels grapes.They are some of the longest-lived wines. Vintages that have been properly kept have had the potential to age well even beyond 100 years.
Here are the foods and wines we tasted.
2014 Le Sec de Rayne Vigneau, Bordeaux Blanc Sec $9

2010 Madame De Rayne $13

2009 Château De Rayne Vigneau, 1st Grand Cru Classé $21

PT. IV will take us to the famed Gironde estuary and the town of Pauillac.