France: Bordeaux

Pomerol and Fronsac

East of Libourne
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 14 May 2010
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September Journées de la Rivière

Held on three consecutive weekends in September, these festivals are centred around the Dordogne, and range from canoeing and water skiing to fishing and boating – all things aimed at getting the locals back in touch with the river that once supported them. Flea markets and food markets are often held at the same time.

Useful information: Contact Libourne tourist office (see above).


Les Grandes Heures de Saint Emilion

An excellent way to get inside some of the best châteaux like Cheval Blanc, this series of classical and jazz concerts takes place from March to December – and some of the châteaux that take part are actually in Pomerol. The format tends to be a sit-down concert, followed by a tasting of the relevant château’s wine (perhaps Petit Cheval instead of Cheval Blanc, but who’s complaining?).

Useful information: Cost usually is around €10, and details of the exact programme can be found at the Libourne or Saint Emilion tourist office (see ’Useful Information’).


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