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Published: June 26th 2017
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After a long breakfast where we had to talk more French, we set out to visit serious wine country. Our hostess had told us to drive to Royan and to take the ferry across to Le Verdon where we could drive through the Medoc region to Bordeaux. We took her advice and had a pleasant drive. But on arrival in Royan discovered we had an hour and a half's wait for the ferry.
Once across the Gironde we set out to discover Medoc wines. Our first stop was at Chateau Carcanieux where the winemaker gave us a great tasting. He spoke perfect English, much to our relief, and we had a great discussion about wines of the region. We bought a couple of his reds. He also gave us a map and recommended where to go. A great start!!
Our second stop was at the Chateau de Tour de le By. This was situated near the sea and the 'tour' was an old lighthouse on the property from whence there was a great view. The girl in the tasting room there did not speak English therefore not much was said but they still had some nice reds.
We drove through many of the little villages past a great number of chateaux and wineries. Decided we couldn't stop at too many so were content to look. We were amazed though at how quiet and seemingly devoid of people many of these places seem to be and we looked in vain for somewhere to grab a sandwich or something for lunch. Eventually stopped in Paulliac, a larger town on the sea but as it was now after 2-30 the restaurant wouldn't serve us any food!!. Managed to find a Patisserie where we bought a couple of Quiches.
We drove on through this attractive area. We made a final stop at Chateau D'Agassac, but in spite of the sign at the tasting room saying "Ouvert" we were told that a degustation was impossible!!
Decided not to attempt to go into Bordeaux. This is a huge city and we were driving near it at 4-30pm so instead drove around the ring road and headed out towards Toulouse. We were looking for somewhere to stay for the night and saw a sign advertising a hotel in Cadillac We headed there and found a great place, Hotel Chateau de Tour, near the Chateau with a gourmet restaurant attached.
Here we are for the night having had a fabulous meal and a walk around this interesting town. We don't know whether they named the cars after this place or not, but we can recommend it as a great stopover point.
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