Day Two – Cadillac, Chateau de Rayne, and Roqueataillade Castle
We did a early morning walking tour of the town of Cadillac. It is a very quaint, very medieval town. They have Done a great job preserving as much of the architecture as possible. There is also a cool castle in the middle of of the town. I did do a full write-up of the town and the castle, so be sure to click here to go see that.
Chateau de Rayne
After the morning hike, we came back to the boat and had brunch, then piled in the bus for a short ride out to Chateau de Rayne. Great 17th century vineyard located in the Sauternes appellation of Bordeaux. This is considered “Grand Cru”, which means it is the pricier stuff that will probably never make to our table back home, but we thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the tasting. They specialize in white wines, utilizing mostly Semillion and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. This ends up as a smooth, white wine that is not as bright as a majority Sauvignon Blanc wine would be.
Spectacular classic war castle from the 12th century. It has remained in the same family since 1306, and they still live there today. It has a dry mote, and a two layered defense. It went through a major upgrade in 1860 to modernize it and it make more inhabitable during peacetime. This was a ten year construction effort and is known the world over among castle connoisseurs. There is also a perfectly preserved chapel on the grounds.
And the car, I have no idea what it is, but it looks really old. Inspecting it up close, it appears to be still in use!