The 8th and 9th of April 2017 was the open doors week-end in the Medoc vineyards. Throughout the year each wine growing region (pessac leognan, graves, medoc etc) open their doors so you can visit the estate and taste wines that you might not have had the opportunity to before.
The visits are often given by their personal guides or the wine makers themselves, generally only in French.
Tastings and visits are FREE!
I visited three chateaux on Sunday the 9th of April 2017.
- Château Camensac
- Château La Tour Carnet
- Château Siran
Here’s what I did:
This is a cute family sized vineyard. It’s part of the Grand Crus Classés 1855 but isn’t pretentious at all. I got to see the inside of the property and then I was taken around the beautiful garden and into the cellars. The tasting was of three wines and I have to say for the quality I found the prices (If you want to buy, not obligatory) extremely reasonable.
Melissa (speaks english) organises the visits. You must contact her directly as visits are by reservation only during the rest of the year on +33 (0)5 56 59 41 69
Château La Tour Carnet
Château La Tour Carnet is also a grand cru classés 1855 just next to Château Camensac. I visited the inside of the medieval castle which has links to the Philosopher Michel de Montaigne. It has beautiful grounds with black and white swans as well as coypu (which I find rather cute). The winemaking process was explained really well and I finished with unfortunately only one tasting of a red 2014 (probably because it was the open doors week-end).
For more information visit: www.bernard-magrez.com/en/wines/chateau-la-tour-carnet
Château Siran in the Margaux wine region has links to the family of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. In 2007 the 5th generation of the family takes on the vineyards, meaning it’s been in the family for 150 years which is quite rare nowadays. It’s a very interesting visit as there is a small museum of the history of wine and the family estate. I tasted a red 2011 at the end of the visit. There is a lovely roof terrace where you can admire the surrounding vineyards.
For more information visit: www.chateausiran.com