Monday, August 15, 2016

Day 4 continued-Our Visit to Château Gruaud~Larose in Pauillac

Today we enjoyed a discovery of the Haut-Medoc vineyards on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary. Some of the sights along the road during our bus trip where these lovely pics. Pauillac, with its attractive riverside setting and yacht harbor, is a pleasant town.

Few visitors have time for the modest charms of what is regarded as the gateway to the Haut-Médoc wine-growing region, the home of some of the world's great vintages. Names such as Margaux, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estéphe, Moulis and Listrac resonate with most wine drinkers.

Beautiful countryside along the way to Château Gruaud Larose!

Beautiful architecture sights in the area.

We arrived for our tasting! Modest sign for a huge property!

Château Gruaud~Larose from up here!

We were at the top of that tower!

Beautiful staircase to the cellar!

The freezing cold cellar!

Cellared wines dating back to the 1950s and earlier!

The wines we tasted:

2008 Sarget de Gruaud~Larose, Saint-Julien $35, a Bordeaux style red wine!

2000 Sarget de Graut~Larose, St. Julien $35

2001 Château Gruaud~Larose, Saint-Julien $115

1999 Château Gruaud~Larose, Saint-Julien $91

On our way back to the ship the bus stopped at Château Margaux and let us look around. It is open only to professionals. I know that doesn't include tourists, so we just took photos.

Next blog will be taking us from Pauillac to Blaye.