|The SNCF provided us with our first experience of St. Emilion.|
|81839 is a dual-mode unit which will run on overhead electricity or a diesel engine, something the City of Ottawa said was technically impossible.|
|Where the heck is Chateau Fonplegade?|
|Turns out we could see it from the station.|
|View from the chateau - vines as far as you can see in all directions, although Chateau Fonplegade is only 18 hectares.|
|Oak fermentation casks are used|
|New French oak barrels are used to age the wine.|
|The Orangerie is a magnificent room for private dinner parties.|
We tasted three reds and a rose, a new venture for this chateau. White wines must not, by law, be made in this appellation. From the Chateau Fonplegade we walked the kilometer or so into town and had lunch - with some St. Emilion wine of course. The village itself is very interesting although I would imagine it could get a bit ugly in the tourist season.
|The local macarons are much different from the traditional ones in northern France. These are made from ground almonds, sugar and egg white. Pretty good but I prefer the fancier "sandwich" type from Paris, Chartres, Quimper etc.|
|The village is built with honey-coloured limestone which was quarried in caves below the village.|
|St. Emilion from the vine yards.|
|Stainless steel casks are used here for fermentation|
We left the Chateau Villemaurine and made a mad dash for the railway station. We arrived with four minutes to spare but the train was about five minutes late anyway. It was a good feeling arriving at the station to see lots of people waiting on the platform and kn owing that we hadn't missed the train. A great day with a great introduction to wine making in Bordeaux and St. Emilion.
|We returned to Bordeaux in this 1980s vintage diesel thunderbox.|