One of the occasional perks of my job is showing clients around Bordeaux and its vineyards. It’s odd for me to do this as I’m usually the outsider. However, when I get to show people round, I’m no longer the intruder, I’m showing off my city and some if it’s stunning sights and experiences to an always enthusiastic and eager audience.
So last month, with the help of a good friend Alex, I was able to show round some super clients to four properties. Alex had very cleverly picked four very different properties; not only because of their appelation but also because of their wine making ethos and heritage. The properties were: Chateau Pontet Canet, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Petit Village and Chateau de Ferrand.
Chateaux Pontet Canet and Lafite Rothscild are both on the left bank of Bordeaux in the appelation of Pauliac. A very different ethos can be seen at these properties. Ponet Canet is entirely Biodynamic whilst Lafite is drenched in its history and gravitas.
Chateaux Petit Village and de Ferrand are conversely on the right bank of Bordeaux in the appelations of Pomerol and Saint Emilion respectively. Petit Village is a relatively small property (10Ha) and adjoins more famous names; offering the tradition of Pomerol in super modern winemaking facilities. De Ferrand is situated on high ground overlooking the historic village of Saint Emilion and unlike others is still privately owned and selling directly.
It is indeed a privilege to be able to introduce people to the history, culture and experiences of Bordeaux: its city and its wine.