On my last day in Bordeaux we visited two last wine houses.
Where everyone was outside harvesting.
I felt like I should’ve been picking grapes too.
We actually had the opportunity to see them truck in the hand-picked grapes to be cleaned.
It was interesting to feel the excitement of the workers.
First the large pieces of non-grapes were picked out.
Then the grapes moved up a machine where they were de-vined.
Lastly, these ladies were in charge of picking out anything the machine and first batch of people missed.
Check out their intense concentration!
Then the grapes were crushed and moved into these stainless steel vats.
And eventually into french oak barrels.
[the tasting room almost looks like a science lab, no?]
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte:
They were also harvesting their grapes during our visit.
The neat thing about this chateau was what was under their tasting room.
A hidden cellar!
Where they kept all their vintage wines.
Something else that was special about this house was all their art pieces outside.
This particular one is a crumpled piece of paper.
I had to take a picture of this one since it’s currently the year of the rabbit!
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After our visit at Smith Haut Lafitte, we spent some time shopping in the city and then headed to our last dinner in Bordeaux.
The restaurant was right by the river and gave us an amazing view of the city.
grilled cuttlefish with smashed potatoes
Sea Bass with savory soufflé
I was shocked at how large the portion was! I liked the citrus over the fish, but the real star of this plate was that soufflé pictured in the back left. I’m still not sure what exactly it was, but it was basically some sort of warm savory soufflé filled with gooey cheese in the middle.
It was SO so good.
And lastly this is another reason why I love this city.
It lights up at night. Literally.
Au revoir Bordeaux!