Curated by Senior Culinary Director Eric Barale
Discover expert tips from our Senior Culinary Director, Eric Barale to experience La Perle d’Aquitaine just like the Bordelais. From the top local spots for uncovering the best wine and cheese to where the locals in-the-know dine, read on for this Frenchman’s favorite tips to savor La Belle Bordeaux.
JEAN D’ALOS FROMAGER-AFFINEUR
4 Rue Montesquieu
This highly respected fromager has developed special relationships with many small local producers in order to offer a range of 150 kinds of cheeses. Tour the cellars, or “cheese caves,” and sample some new unfamiliar cheeses. Once you’ve selected a few favorites, pick up a baguette and enjoy an afternoon like the locals at the nearby Jardin Public.
LA GRANDE MAISON
10 Rue Labottière
The dream project of French wine magnate Bernard Magrex and world-famous chef Joël Robuchon, La Grand Maison is set in a revitalized 19th-century mansion with interior décor
inspired by Napolean III. The dining room features Christofle, Baccarat tumblers and classic French dishes complemented by seasonal offerings. Not only are the dishes local, the
ingredients are too.
ROUTE DES CHÂTEAUX
A drive along the classic Route des Châteaux, quite possibly one of the most desirable stretches of wine country in the world, is a must while in Bordeaux. The Medoc wine region
boasts several legendary appellations, so you really can’t go wrong wherever you choose to stop along the way. These appellations include Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Saint-Estèphe, Saint-
Julien, Margaux and Pauillac.
Santé to new adventures in Bordeaux this summer!