Where do you take your visitors when they come to town?
I love the tiny alleys around Place St Pierre, so we go there. And to little Place du Chapelet, a hidden gem, tucked away in downtown Bordeaux. And then of course there’s the Bassin - a visit to the seaside is a must.
If you had to choose a favourite wine region outside of Bordeaux, where would it be?
I am very fond of Burgundy which I find charming. Having said that, all the vineyards all over the world have their charms - as the Cité du Vin showcases so well.
What about the local gastronomy? What would you recommend? Is there anything you’d suggest to take home?
Much of the local produce is fresh and seasonal, so to take home would have to be the classic Cannelés or perhaps some wonderful local caviar d’Aquitaine.
To have sur place, I would suggest first of all the duck as we are famous for our foie gras and some of the less well known duck produce such as the “grattons”, both of which go wonderfully with our wines.
The local charcuterie is also perfect served with a glass of wine or two from one of the chateaux - I love the traditional jambon sec and the peppery grenier médocain which comes from the Médoc region.
Fish: the seasonal, local delicacy, Lamprey eel, cooked à la Bordelaise is wonderful and is unusual as a fish dish that marries brilliantly with a robust Claret. Then, of course, there’s the other local fish speciality, another seasonal dish for which Bordeaux is renown, the Alose.