This morning was a lazy sail down the Garonne River which merges with the Dordogne River to form the largest Estuary in Europe leading to the Atlantic Ocean. It was relaxing to sit on the sundeck watching the world go by although it was a bit chilly!!
We docked in Pauillac and went through more of the scenic countryside in another wine region called Medoc. The Medoc wines are red and made with Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot grapes. This area has many wine chateaus/vineyards that run into each other. The estates are large and very opulent. We were split into five groups going to five different chateaus. Visiting these chateaus is by invitation only and limited to no more than 15 – 20 in a group. Our group went to the Chateau Beychevelle which was built in the 17th century and has a 300 year old cedar tree in the courtyard. We toured the chateau and had a tasting of two of the red Medoc wines made at their winery.
There was another lovely drive back to the boat where we had time for a little shopping in the town before heading to the other side of the river to Blaye where we docked for the night and will spend the morning. Along the way we saw more beautiful chateaus including a very large one owned by the Rothschild family.