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Apr 2, 2010 04:57 AM

Quick Trip to Bordeaux

I'm taking a two night trip to Bordeaux next month.
Am reaching out for info - is St. Emilion worth seeing
or should I concentrate on the city of Bordeaux?
I am staying about an hour north of Bordeaux and
have a few appointments set at wine Chateaux
such as La Mission Haut Brion, Estournel, Lynch
Bages, and Pichon Longueville. Can anyone
give insight on these properties? If I had to limit
myself to two, which two are must-sees?
Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. Certainly go to St. Emilion.

    1. St Emilion is very pretty but could be a bit touristy. My choice of a nice vineyard-village near Bordeaux would be Rions.
      On the other hand, you have only 2 nights in Bordeaux…

      1. You are visiting Left Bank properties in the Northern Medoc. All very good ones with fabled wine-making history.

        Lynch-Bages and Pichon Lalande are in Pauillac, Cos d'Estournel is in Saint-Estephe and LMHB is in Pessac-Leognan. Make sure you space out the visit appointments as it could take about an-hour-and-half per visit, plus add the driving time in-between the properties. LMHB is just outside Bordeaux city; whereas the other 3 are further north and they are relatively closer together.

        If limiting to 2, I'd go with 1 from Pauillac and LMHB.

        With a 2-night trip, it might be too tight to squeeze in Saint-Emillion which is in the Right Bank. Driving traffic is a nightmare during a good portion of daytime hours in and around Bordeaux. Saint-Emilion can take anywhre from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to get to or from, depending on the time of day. Nice city, though, and lot's of good wineries to visi, but just like Parigi mentioned, it's very touristy..

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        1. re: RCC

          What about Chateau Lafite Rothschild while in the Northern Medoc? Worth a visit?

        2. I don't know about attractions related to food and wine, but I enjoyed a quick visit to St. Emilion a few years ago--the underground pottery museum, monolithic church, and ancient tower with its view. The hotel/restaurant Hostellerie de Plaisance looked very inviting but I didn't have time to stop there.