I arrived in Bordeaux on a late autumn afternoon with drizzling rain, cold weather and a carpet of rustling yellow leaves on pathway,… Beautiful autumn of Bordeaux really makes people ecstatic. Located in western France, embraced by the serene beauty of the Geronne River, Bordeaux has a hustle and bustle of a port city life from the early 18th century with wine ships traveling around the world.
Affectionately named as “the jewel of 18th century architecture”, Bordeaux is home to many works recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites. In the central square is the charming Grand Theatre of Bordeaux with 12 Corinthian columns topped by a stone statue representing 3 goddesses and 9 muses of Greek antiquity. Coming to Bordeaux, you must visit the steel bridge connecting two banks of the Geronne River – Pont de pierre. This bridge is one of the most beautiful ancient bridge in France, solid but very flexible by elegant domes. In order to construct the 500m brigde, Gustave Eiffel used compressed air caissons and hydraulic rams, both of which were quintessence of French architecture.
Visitors to Bordeaux often choose a quiet restaurant to sip a glass of wine and slowly feel an ancient beauty in a modern Bordeaux today. Take a break from the awe of a magnificent architecture, the nature of Bordeaux with its vibrant vineyards will bring you to the famous wines that are enough to captivate any connoisseur in the world. Coming to Bordeaux – the “capital of the global wine industry” – you can enjoy all the flavors of wine that has stirred the human spirit for so many centuries. Nowaday, they are still produced by the Bordeaux wine-makers in traditional and secret techniques.
Bordeaux wine is famous in the world since ancient times. According to history, the pioneer who carried Bordeaux wine out of France was the Duchess of Eleanor of Aquitaine after her marriage to King Henry II of England. Bordeaux wines are usually named after the region where they were grown. Bordeaux vineyards stretch along both sides of the Garonne River that flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Truly unforgettable experiences await here, where you will be guided by hospitable local people through Mallot vineyard of Oliver family – the owner of Mallot Crémant Rosé. The wine castle of the Olivier family is located in the Saint-Émilion region – an old village about 35km from the center of Bordeaux. Saint-Émilion is one of the four main wine producing regions of Bordeaux and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of long-standing tradition in wine making.
My story of flying thousand miles to Paris to visit Bordeaux and the heritage village to enjoy a glass of Mallot Crémant Rosé – a gentle but also very intense wine – until today I have the opportunity to tell. As the Autumn came knocking on the door, the gentle breezes were blowing through the streets and the autumn yellow leaves covered every corner makes a little romantic color, I ordered a bottle of Mallot wine and suddenly remembered Bordeaux.