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Our Bordeaux favourites

We asked staff about their favourite memories of their time spent in Bordeaux. This is what they had to say. 

"As a lover of both Museums and Wine, I was sure that I was going to enjoy Bordeaux's brand new Cité du Vin. And safe to say, I was not disappointed. An absolutely stunning building, which shines spectacularly in the sun, it is an important symbol of the real effort the wine industry is making to drive interest, understanding and enthusiasm in a new generation of wine lovers. It is a great way to learn more about the wines that made Bordeaux so famous in an informal and unintimidating atmosphere"

Emily Silva, Marketing & PR

"I have very happy memories of doing the vendange when I was a student and staying in a delightful village called Montagne about 5 miles from St Emillion. We worked very hard for a kind man called Monsieur Durrand who I still keep in touch with. To relieve our aching backs we would go into the picturesque town of St Emillion on Sunday and drink sparkling rose in a delightful bar with gardens behind the main church. St Emillion has to be the prettiest town in the whole of Bordeaux."

Mark Warde-Aldam, Turl Street Shop Manager 

"Eating fresh oysters with a glass of Bordeaux Blanc. Even better if you do it on a boat on the river, accompanied by a Bordelais winemaker!"

John Chapman, Director

"Le Bar à Vin at 3 Cours du 30 Juillet is a great place to sample some top class Bordeaux wines with prices starting at just €3 a glass. They also serve a varied selection of Charcuteries and cheese boards, perfect for a lunch time snack. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and will be happy to talk you through their ever changing list."

Thomas Fowler, Botley Road Shop Manager

"The highlight of my visit to Bordeaux would be visiting Miles restaurant at 33 Rue du Cancera which is a stone's throw from Monument aux Girondins. As a lover of discovering new and exciting things to eat and drink this place was my ideal restaurant. This is a relatively new restaurant that serves top quality international fusion cuisine and although it does not have a Michelin rating, I'm sure one is on the way! With less than 20 covers, half of these are situated around the tiny open kitchen in the centre of the room. They offer 2,3,4 and 5 course taster menus with the option to have a wine flight to match the food. We went for the 4 course menu, the flavours they managed to create in these four dishes were incredible and the wine was so expertly matched for €50 a head this was unbelievable value for money. Service is held in two seating slots every day and as it's such a small venue booking is a must."

Thomas Fowler, Botley Road Shop Manager

"For a leisurely afternoon stroll, the Place de la Comédie is hard to beat. Bordeaux's neoclassical architecture is stunning, and a walk around the wine shops followed by a drink in the square is just lovely."

Emily Silva, Marketing & PR

"The best place to eat in Bordeaux is the restaurant La Terrasse Rouge, with sensational food and views of Cheval Blanc."

Neil Gladding, Sales Director

"Another recommendation would be to rent a bicycle and cycle the up the coastal road of the Medoc. The number of famous chateaux crammed into such a small area is mind blowing. Obviously you pass by the super famous first growths, but then you stumble across loads of other familiar names. Montrose, Pontet-Canet, Beychevelle, Talbot, Gruard Larose, Chase Spleen, Lascombes and the list goes on. It is possible to do it all in a day and much more fun than being stuck in a car. Take a picnic lunch and go and eat it by La Gironde river. Delightful!"

Mark Warde-Aldam, Turl Street Shop Manager

"MW-led wine classes at the École du Vin have been a highlight of my trips to Bordeaux. That and the trams!"

Theo Sloot - Tastings & Fine Wine

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