Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Thursday, April 28, 2011

After a long day of work, I sometimes look through pictures of some of the mini-breaks C & I have taken (in an attempt to remind myself of some of the benefits of my job). Tonight, I went through our pictures from our trip to St Emilion last week-end. It was such a lovely day, full of sun, champagne and relaxation.
Earlier that day, C had sent an email to his mother to tell her where we were at. We were just heading out of town when his mom replied, saying that his grandfather's brother owned a vineyard not far from St Emilion, and included the address and the phone number.

C tried to call while I looked up the address - they were only a few kilometers away! No answered the phone, but I thought it was still worth a try, and after a few wrong turns, we pulled into the yard:
The people out front looked at us a bit suspiciously at first, but once C explained who we were, they invited us in and gave us a tour of the place. They had an absolutely beautiful home, filled with all kinds of antiques and artifacts that would be right at home in any self-respecting French château. All over-looking rolling fields of vines:There was also this beautiful, old covered patio. Apparently many-a-family member has gotten married here - too bad they're not closer to that side of the family, right?As it happens, they make a limited-quantity of wine per year, available to family and friends only. (They have a HUGE family). They sell at cost-value, making just enough to maintain the buildings and the land. We got this bottle from 2006 St Emilion for 7.50€ - how crazy is that? Plus the bottles have the family name on them, which I think is just so darn cool. I'm hoping we can buy a few more cases for the wedding!

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Blogger Crystal said...

beautiful pics! I love touring wineries and doing tastings, and this one was even more special for you guys. I definitely think you should get some for the wedding!

April 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wow, that was a stroke of luck! How cool is that to have vignerons from St Emilion in the family?

April 28, 2011 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Delana said...

What an absolutely beautiful place. Quelle chance for the two of you!

April 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

We don't know each other, but I have been reading your blogs for years. I read a number of blogs, but your blog, along with Crystal's blog, are my favourites. I have never commented because I don't have a blog myself, and I don't want to seem like a "stalker"...

Anyway I feel compelled to comment because I know the Château. I have volunteered to work at the château a few times, I have eaten with the family and my husband and I are friends with one of the descendants (I don't want to name names here). We have cases of their wine at our house, and my mother-in-law is especially crazy about their wine. It really is awesome! If you want to take part in the next harvest, they are always open to having more "helping hands"...

April 30, 2011 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Ksam said...

Teresa, I am blown away!! What are the chances?? If you get a chance, please send me an email, I have so many questions for you!!!

April 30, 2011 at 10:50 AM  

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