The last stop on our Sur la Route trip was Bordeaux, which is about four hours outside of Paris. I've never been to Napa and wasn't sure what to expect or exactly what to hit in Bordeaux. Barb did a little Google research and there are quite a few different vineyard tours you can take, depending on how much time + money you want to spend.
Our timing was also a little off. We arrived in Fronsac, which is outside Bordeaux, on a Friday afternoon and only a couple hours before France was playing in the World Cup, so things were pretty quiet. The first place we went was Chateau de la Dauphine and did a quick tasting + wander around the beautiful grounds. They kindly gave us a list of recommendations and we then went up the street to Chateau Gaby.
We were given a really lovely tour and did a nice tasting with a great host before he scooted off to catch the soccer game. I brought back a bottle of Pink Gaby, which is their rose. Perfect for summertime.
Later that night we went into the city of Bordeaux for dinner and I really regret not spending more time there. Like I mentioned, I really wasn't sure what to expect and it turned out to be a very cool little city. There seemed to be a great night life happening with lots of outdoor cafes and people out + about. We walked down one little street which had a lot of interesting and trendy restaurants tucked into it. The architecture around the city was also really gorgeous, especially lit up at night.
And that wraps up our Sur la Route trip through the South of France, into the Pyrenees, up to Northern Spain, and back to Paris. Tomorrow I've got some road tripping tips and then plenty of Paris (and other destination) posts to share!