SUNDAY COFFEE WITH JEB



Senior Visit to Saint-Emilion Wine Region

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Senior oenophiles will enjoy exploring this southwest wine region of France near Bordeaux. Of all the satellite appellations, Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion has the strictest laws regarding the production of wine. My wife and I had a family reunion at our home recently and the Chateau Guibeau wine (watch the video)  came across as a favorite for everyone.

Saint-Emilion is a key wine town in the Libournais district of Bordeaux, important in terms of both quality and quantity. It lies just a few miles north of the Dordogne, in the final stages of the river’s journey from the hills of the Massif Central to the Gironde estuary.

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The town is renowned as much for its beautiful buildings and scenery as for its wine. Its steep, narrow, cobbled streets, overlooked by its Romanesque church and the iconic 13th-century Tour du Roy tower are a reminder of the town’s long history.

 Seniors Find Old and Famous Vines

The white wine from this region is among my favorite French wines. When senior travelers arrive at the beautiful Chateau Guibeau in the village of Puisseguin, population 1,000, you will be greeted to the warm smiles from Brigitte and Eric, who run the winery (the first link above).

So to complete some specifics for those among you who enjoy fine wine, you will find Chateau Guibeau to be rustic and full-bodied with tart black fruit, smoke and tar. A big piece of steak would be divine with it. Food pairings: grilled lamb chops and oven-roasted potatoes. In addition, it won the Grand Gold Medal winner at Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2011.

There have been vineyards around Saint-Emilion since Roman times, and today the Saint-Emilion wine appelation is one of the most prolific in the Bordeaux region, generating more than 250,000 hL of wine each vintage.  Appellation is the official title given to a product made in a specific place (or set of places), in a style particular to that place.

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France is home to the world’s most famous appellation system, a model which has been adopted as a model for Europe-wide regulations. Chateau Guibeau has several labels but they all rate very high among the many great French red wines.

We hope that seniors who enjoy fine wine enjoyed this travel blog.  The Beckers

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