Our drive threw the French countryside was lovely. The closer we got to St. Emilion, the more vineyards we passed. Until it was quite obvious that it’s all about the wine in St. Emilion! So we were pretty sure we would like it and were very happy with our decision to change plans and head there.
All is Wine: Everything we had read on the internet the night before indicated that St. Emilion was all about the wine and as it was in the Bordeaux region and completely surrounded by vineyards, that would perfectly easy to understand. It didn’t let us down. Truly just about every shop was about wine in some way or another. Apparently even the caves in the area had been turned into storage areas for wine. We had originally hoped to walk the 5-15 minutes to a couple of wineries near the town but as you can see, the rain had caught up with us. It was probably more drizzle than rain, so I didn’t mind not having an umbrella. After all, I have curly hair so it wasn’t going to ruin my hairdo, but I didn’t want to be out in the open because sometimes the drizzle got a little heavy, so we stayed in the lovely little village area.
St. Emilion: This lovely little village sits on a hill which means the streets are steep and the houses and buildings tend to be multi-level. Everything about how it looked, was exactly as my imagination would have pictured a hilly village in the south of France! Beautiful, rustic, quaint, it was also very calm and relaxing…but then if you are a town built on wine, would you be anything else?
Wine and Food: Many of you will know that the wines in this region are well focused on the Merlot grape. In France wine is known by the region, where as, in Australia we know our wines by the grape. I naively had thought we might find something besides Merlot in the region…we didn’t. The sad thing is, although I don’t mind Merlot, it is far from my favourite varietal. What this did mean, was that we focused more on the food than on the wine in this very famous wine region. I loved this shop sign outside a little cafe, it was so charming.
In all honesty, all of St. Emilion was charming. The Fashion Mister and I really liked the village and would go back there if we were ever in France again. And that is even though we don’t drink a lot of Merlot!
Our hotel was in Lisbourne. It’s about a 10-20 kilometer drive from St. Emilion towards Bordeaux. I’ll share pics from there tomorrow along with a couple of my small but stylish french purchases.
Hmmmm, thinking of St. Emilion has got me thinking about opening a bottle of wine with dinner tonight. Guess not only is all wine in St. Emilion but all must be wine here at home too!
- St Émilion wine classification ruling offers a good finish for all (guardian.co.uk)
- France: Medoc and St. Emilion (anotherheader.wordpress.com)
- Bordeaux Vintage 2012. #12. St Emilion. (milroys.wordpress.com)
- A Day of Driving through a Sea of Bordeaux Wines! (comomanger.wordpress.com)