France: Bordeaux

Southern Graves and Sauternes

Home of the great sweet whites - dry whites and reds too
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 11 May 2010
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Main towns and villages

Sauternes

Good luck finding the village of Sauternes – for some reason it is only signposted about 2.5km outside, despite being accessed only by a number of winding roads that are near impossible to navigate through. But persevere, because it’s lovely. It boasts a smart, beautiful central church, and a high density of wine shops, cafés and restaurants for its size. Oh, and before you scan down the page, I’m afraid Château d’Yquem really is open only to professionals. But it’s far from the only thing worth discovering in this most interesting and rewarding of appellations.

Podensac

Home to the Maison des Vins de Graves, and well located on the N113 halfway between Bordeaux and Langon. There’s actually not a lot in Podensac except for the Maison du Vins, but there are numerous pretty villages around it, and a few good local restaurants.

Langon

A smart market town with a wide range of shops and cafes. You are hardly going to cross France to visit Langon, but you will be pleased that you found it. On the Garonne River, Langon has one of the best restaurants in the area, and a very active tourist office with details of wine circuits.

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