Another Day in Paradise: 98+ Parker, Medieval castle + d’Yquem neighbor

By May 20, 2012Winemakers

Today was dedicated to south of Bordeaux: Pessac, Graves and Sauternes. We started

Chateau Haut-Bailly

first thing at Haut-Bailly, a fabulous Pessac owned by an American that just received 98+ from the Wine Advocate. They only do red grapes: cabernet sauvignon and merlot. A classy operation.

Our next stop was Chateau Roquetaillade, a moated medieval castle that is still inhabited- a blast from the past.  We then went to the nearby town of Sauternes for a delighted lunch by the open fire at Auberge les Vignes. Rustic but authentic, and a great meal. We made our afternoon appointment on time (as usual) at Chateau Raymond Lafond, located across from Chateau d’Yquem. In fact the current owner used to be the managing director of d’Yquem. Jean Pierre Meslier personally conducted the tasting of his family’s luscious Sauternes (94 Wine Advocate)

Raymond Lafond Sauternes

lunch at Auberge les Vignes

Chateau Roquetaillade

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