Bordeaux is located in the south-western corner of France known as ‘Aquitaine. It is 700 Kilometres due south of Paris which takes between 7 to 8 hours by car. Bordeaux is the third largest city in France and continues to grow in size and population each year. The central part of Bordeaux is attractive and historic but that quickly dissipates as the new ‘growth’ has been haphazardly developed. The Ironed River and estuary splits just near Bordeaux where it then heads east to become the Dordogne in the direction of Libourne and St Emilion. The other division then becomes the Garonne River which passes through Bordeaux en route to the south. Both rivers are quite beautiful and large and commanding in presence. The population of Bordeaux city is presently at over 230,000 although the total for the region is now 880,000 and growing rapidly.
Bordeaux is without doubt the most important wine region of France. It is certainly the largest in terms of vines and surface area. Furthermore, it is an ancient land dating back as far back as 56 B.C. when it welcomed the Roman legions at that time. Perhaps not readily known is that the port of Bordeaux, after Marseilles, is the oldest port in the land.
Footnote: For many years we were the largest buyer of the major Chateau of Bordeaux from Latour through to Petrus and La Mision Haut Brion to chateau Y’Quem in Sauternes. But, owing to the negociants insatiable greed we decided to give the châteaux a big miss as they are all too greedy. We have been working with Chateau La Gontrie as they offer lovely Bordeaux wines at prices you don’t have to rob a bank to afford.
Oops Chateau La Rame’s sweetie is great value as well and we ship that also!