Since Pauillac is famous for its dense concentration of outstanding châteaux, we visited a second area winery, Château Lynch-Bages.
Here, we toured the facilities, learned about the process and toured the cellars. A unique part, however, was the second-floor museum, situated over the steel vats, where old equipment including transport rails, presses and sorting table was on display.
Another unique feature was the traditional French village that the estate’s owners built, Le Village de Bages. It was pretty surprising to see a modest cluster of buildings which included a bistro, bakery, general store selling wine and home furnishings, meat shop and a cooking and wine school amidst acres of vines! I guess I was too intent on buying wine, since I didn’t take any photos of the village.
The school offers an opportunity to make your own wine – everything from the harvest through the bottling. It’s a huge time commitment and, of course, a significant financial one, but my husband and I loved it so much that we put it at the top of our wish list of things to do when – if – we ever have months of free time. It’s much cheaper than buying an entire winery, which Angelo sometimes fantasizes about.
We attended the “Parcours de Lynch-Bages” tour, which included two tastings for €9/person. Tweet