Delighted by this fruitful halt, we head back towards Bordeaux. Even if the pace imposed leaves us little respite, the sun, the sweetness of spring and the landscapes of the Médoc are there to remind us that it's the weekend.
It is at Château Chasse-Spleen that we decide to make our next stop.
Going up the pretty alley bordered by small French gardens, which runs along the cellars, you can see the beauty of this mansion. At the end, the wisteria is in bloom and fits perfectly with the property's mauve shutters. Everything about this château is harmonious. Everything... even the 2 giant khaki-coloured boots installed in front of the house.
Let’s not forget that if the château was awarded a Best of Wine Tourism in the “Art and culture” category, it was thanks to its turn towards contemporary art, making this property one of the ambassadors of the genre in the region.
An art that we discover here and there throughout the visit, like in the barrel cellar where walls and pillars are painted in geometric forms, the work of the Franco-Swiss artist Felice Varini, that only come together at a single angle thanks to perspective.
One thing is for sure, you don't get bored in this château... that is what the British poet Lord Byron, a great wine lover, must have thought when he visited the estate in 1821, saying: “This wine has no equal to chase away black thoughts.” Unless it's just a legend...
The château finally offers a horizontal tasting, that allows us to taste all the wines of the property. Outside on the terrace, the rays of the setting sun envelope the vineyard in an orange veil. We start to daydream while looking away, we think back over the day, with a smile not far from the lips...
- “Shall we come back next year? ”
- “Oh yes, for sure...”