Thursday, December 06, 2012

Visit to Chateau Siaurac, Bordeaux


A visit to Chateau Siaurac, Bordeaux by Kitchen Delights Roving Reporter.

A short drive away from the centre of Bordeaux, I continued my journey of wine exploration to Chateau Siaurac.

Set in 60 hectares of beautiful grounds, this family run chateau which is steeped in history and brimming with character, offers a unique wine experience. 

Dating back to 1832, the family is proud to have carried on the tradition of making wine, continually innovating to produce the very best. On the day of our visit, we were able to see the cellars where the wines are kept in French oak barrels and also taught about the daily working life within the vineyard. 

Afterwards in a private tasting session, we sampled exquisitely made food and had great fun pairing food to wines. The key lesson here was to appreciate how a wine can taste so different when paired with different foods, all of which is of course subjective.

For lunch, there was the option to eat from a gourmet style lunch box containing brioche style rolls, soup and a crumble, or you could opt for a VIP lunch and enjoy a more formal dining experience in a private space (I could have spent all day eating – feast your eyes on the divine chocolate dessert in the photograph).

This vineyard is special because it is accessible to everyone. For young families with toddlers, you can opt for a package which allows you to taste wines, and also explore the grounds and historic chateau with an activity pack (you may even discover little Babouche the puppy pictured). Whilst for groups of friends, you may choose the food and wine pairing workshop or the VIP package. With so many chateaux to choose from in Bordeaux – I recommend putting this one at the very top of your bucket list.

To find out more about the packages available email vivrelevin@chateausiaurac.com or visit www.baronneguichard.com

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A huge thank you to Carey, Rosamund and Natasha at R&R Teamwork.

Disclosure:  The trip was funded by The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) www.bordeaux.com/uk

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