23 Sept 2011
|Wine tour at Chateau Meyre|
This left me to clean the cabin which I did and Lily gave us a late checkout which helped. Near the restaurant they'd inflated the kids' jumping castle and it looked very inviting, much better than the washing up - until they started pressure cleaning it, plumes of water going everywhere. The park closes for the season on Sunday. The fun is over. It's an interesting thing in Europe, that they close down the resorts and caravan parks in October. Perhaps it's not economical to run it with so few people visiting but I always wonder what happens to the people who work there. Do they just holiday for the next 5 months or so?
They were deconstructing the mini-golf course as well, which meant we were the last people to have fun on it for the season. Quite the achievement.
We were finally on our way by 11.30.
Monseuir GPS got us lost again and we ended up going the long way to Avensan. On the way we stopped at a E.Leclerc to buy bread - took about 20 minutes and was rather painful. We ended up in the 10 items or less line which was dominated by hordes of young men buying sandwiches for lunch. We were also treated to the worst toilet ever, a self cleaning monstrosity that required squatting over a hole and which flushed the entire room after you left. EEK.
|Inside the yeasty new cellar at Chateau Meyre|
It was very interesting, we were given info about grape varieties, production methods, terroir etc. shown around the cellars which smelled of yeast and then given a tasting of two wines. It was just us and 2 Japanese tourists. The guide was only 23, looked like Revenge of the Nerds crossed with a member of the country club. Thick glasses, sweater over his shoulder, green pants, loafers. He was very knowledgeable and liked to talk about marketing.
|Nice barrels of oak|
|Curtains match the wallpaper|
We were pre-booked at the Restaurant Savoie in Margeaux. It was expensive but we decided we were splashing out. The truffle ravioli with lobster I had was incredibly good. Not surprising, really.
|Langoustine (lobster) with white truffle ravioli and black truffle ice cream|
There is no peche. What is wrong with you that you would want peche? There is no peche.
I think, why would you stop at just 2 flavours? If you're going to put flavouring in your white wine, why not anything that takes your fancy? I asked the receptionist at the chateau the next day. She looked at me funny and said it was just not done. I pointed out that I'd had this drink at least 3 other times in other areas of France... it wasn't my invention. Obviously they're set in their ways in Bordeaux.
The bill came to about E120 with drinks (a small 375 bottle of Margeaux red which was E23). Expensive but good.
|The vinyard with Chateau Meyre in the background|
|The view of the vineyards from our window|
Went to bed very late and didn't sleep too well, thanks to all that alcohol.