A superb apartment in Bordeaux

Bordeaux Accommodation

Finding accommodation in Bordeaux used to mean hotels, but now apartment accommodation is available.


La Terrasse à Bordeaux is one of the relatively few apartments available for holiday rental in the heart of the ancient and historic centre of Bordeaux. More than that, it is the only apartment we know of that has a wonderful terrace large enough to dine on or simply take in the fabulous view of the river, the ancient Porte de Bourgogne and Napoleon's Ponte de Pierre - the bridge that took his troops to Paris.

Modern comfort in an historic city.


A majority of our visitors are looking for an apartment to rent while exploring the Bordeaux region and usually with an emphasis on discovering the wines that have made the area world famous. Wine tourism is a huge industry and attractive apartments for holiday rental are hard to find. At some times of the year there is little or no accommodation within 50 kilometres of the city - so plan ahead and book early!

Our apartment's World Heritage listed staircase

Bordeaux's historic centre has been revitalised in the last few years and is now one of the biggest pedestrian precincts in Europe - yet compact enough to be visited on foot. In the area adjacent to our apartment - La Terrasse à Bordeaux- are wonderful cobbled streets with some of the best restaurants and bars as well as an open-air food market and antique and bric-a-brac market on weekends.


The Porte de Bourgogne sits at the end of the Victor Hugo Avenue, where once one of the city's gates stood. To the left of our apartment we have the Quartier de la Rousselle, with its beautiful old houses, at our right ( a one minute walk away) we have the Quarter Saint-Michel with its amazing cathedral and directly in front of our terrace we have the La Garonne river and the famous Pont de Pierre . For a lot more information on what Bordeaux has to offer please explore our Bordeaux Weblog.

The apartment has WiFi internet access, a selection of board games, DVDs, music and TV. For the wine connoisseur there is a wine decanter and filter! The photograph at the top of the page and the small one at the side will give you a pretty good idea of the spectacular view from our apartment terrace at sunset.

Visitors' comments.

I thought I would drop you a quick line to say how much we enjoyed our Easter break in your Bordeaux apartment. It has all been done up really smartly and what an amazing location! We were lucky with the weather for most of the trip and it was lovely having coffee on the balcony in the morning and wine in the evening. You have really made it feel like a home! - Emma (UK)

Thank you! great spot - a really handy apartment in a gorgeous city - Mark & Anne-Maria (Brisbane Australia)

Absolutely loved staying at your place. What an astonishing view! - Wayne (Brisbane Australia)

A great weekend spent in an incredibly warm and homely apartment. Great views and perfect location. I already want to come back! - Mark ( Dublin, Eire)

The perfect pied a terre in Bordeaux - Review Submitted: March 29, 2009 Date of Stay: October 2008

It is difficult not to fall into a trap of using too many superlatives when describing the Bordeaux Terrace and so losing the impact that any review of this Bordeaux apartment merits. The location is ideal for anyone visiting Bordeaux -- right next to the old town with all its little cobblestoned streets, its sights, vast choice of shops and restaurants, conveniently next to the main tram line, right on the river bank overlooking one of the most beautiful bridges in France -- the Pont St Pierre, and with something very special for Bordeaux -- a terrace on the top floor of the building overlooking the Gironde River. The apartment is tastefully but simply furnished and equipped with everything a visitor needs to feel completely at home. Bordeaux is a National Heritage Site and a must-see on a visit to France, and the Bordeaux Terrace apartment is the only possible place to stay! Wilna Lalinde, France

Recommended for: Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway, Tourists without a Car

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Lafite Rothschild - the best Bordeaux 2008?


Lafite Rothschild has been named as the best wine of the 2008 Bordeaux vintage, according to a survey of 230 professionals.
The wine beat Latour and Ausone to the title, based on votes recorded by buyers and sellers questioned by Liv-Ex, the fine wine exchange which monitors price trends.
Pontet Canet topped the "best value for money" category while Montrose was named as the vintage's most disappointing wine.
Overall, those questioned gave the 2008 vintage a score of 91 out of 100, with the consensus being that it was better than expected.
Respondents also predicted that release prices for a theoretical basket of 10 Bordeaux wines will be down 38.3% on last year's levels and 56.1% down on the 2006 figure.

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Vintage 2008 drop in price - reactions


The low prices of 2008 Bordeaux futures mean the 2007 and 2006 vintages are 'doomed', say UK and US merchants.

But there is a difference of opinion on either side of the Atlantic, with Americans bemoaning the loss of value of these vintages, and UK merchants cautiously welcoming the fillip low prices of the 2008s have given the market.

Washington DC-based MacArthur Beverages is offering its remaining stocks of 2006 Bordeaux at half-price, selling at a loss after the pricing of the 2008s 'destroyed' the value of the 2006s.

'I am reliving the 1997 vintage all over again,' said store manager Mark Wessels. 'It is more difficult to sell stocks when you have comparable bottles [the 2008s] at half the price.'

Christian Navarro, co-owner of Wally's Wines & Spirits in Los Angeles, said lower prices for 2008 wines would not help.


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2008 Vintage - good, bad or indifferent?


Jane Anson in Bordeaux writing for the online wine site Decanter.com gives a mixed report about the 2008 vintage.

Putting a brave face on predictions for the harvest the Bordeaux wine bureau (CIVB) is comparing 2008 to 1988 'a drier than usual year'.

Yields are down on 2007, and a rainy start to September further disrupted what has been a difficult growing season.

Rain continued until September 10, but sunshine returned this week with more sunshine hours in five days from September 11 to 15 than had been seen in the previous ten days.

The CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Bureau) issued a press release last week comparing the vintage to 1988 in terms of temperatures and rainfall but the reaction to this was sceptical.

John Salvi MW, who writes the monthly Bordeaux Weather Report, told decanter.com, 'Let's be honest, it hasn't been good. August was a terrible month and early September was far from wonderful, with Merlot being affected more badly than Cabernet Sauvignon.

'The situation yet again this year is that those who can afford to treat their vines will have got away with it, and the rest will have suffered enormously.'

Michael Broadbent, in Vintage Wine, describes the 1988 vintage as 'the first of a trio of very good vintages the spring of 88 was more than usually wet the summer, from July to September, was drier than usual.'

This year, according to the meteorological office in Merignac, Bordeaux suffered eight storms in August, and had 17 days of rain, meaning mildew has been a problem once again. Night-time temperatures reached as low as 11ºC, without reaching 20ºC once.

But producers are cautiously optimistic about the current fine weather.

Jean Luc Thunevin, negociant and owner of Chateau Valandraud, said, 'If the weather continues like this for the next three weeks, we will be calling 2008 the miracle vintage.'

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Canneles- a must try in Bordeaux!



Canneles are a specialty kind of cake that originated over 2 centuries ago in the Bordeaux region of France. The little pastries are unique in that they have a crispy, caramelized outer coating and a soft, custardy center. Because of this contrast in textures, in addition to the fact that they are usually flavored with vanilla, canneles are sometimes referred to as “portable creme brulees.” They range from about 2-3 inches in height and for such small cakes have the impressively long baking time of over an hour. The pans are prepared with melted butter and beeswax to allow the sides of the cake to properly caramelize while preventing them from sticking to the molds.

The canneles come six to a box and are fully baked. They are traditionally baked - beeswax and all - before being frozen, and all you need to do is defrost them for 20 minutes before eating. Alternatively, they can be heated in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them up.

Unfortunately, these are no substitute for a real, fresh cannele. The flavor is good, and both the caramel and vanilla are very strong. The center is custardy, slightly better when warmed up. The problem lies in the exterior of the cannele. After being frozen, it isn’t crispy and the pastry isn’t going to recover that just-baked texture in the same way that you can’t quite recreate a fresh-from-the-oven cookie without starting with dough and an oven. The thin beeswax coating also contributes a slight chewiness to these that isn’t noticeable in the fresh version. So, they’re tasty and will make an enjoyable snack, but they’re not going to satisfy a craving for the real thing.

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Parc des Expositions in Marsac sur l'Isle



The biggest event in the Dordogne is taking place right now at the Parc des Expositions in Marsac sur l'Isle (just outside of Périgueux)!

It's the annual, 10-day Foire Expo with 20,000 m² of exhibition space and 300 exhibitors.

There's lots to see and do and it makes a great day out. The venue has five exhibition halls filled with local businesses presenting their produce or service - it's a great opportunity to find out about everything that's available to you locally. You'll find car dealers, kitchen companies, and any number of businesses demonstrating their products. You can taste (and buy) fine wines, a locally produced chestnut beer and so much more...

You have a choice of six restaurants and there's entertainment for the whole family with a free fun fair and shows by the acrobatic act, The Flying Men from Mexico!

The fair is open till 23:00 tonight and Friday night. Otherwise opening times are 10:00-20:00 through till Sunday 21 September. Entry is €5.50 (from 12 years old) or €2 (5 to 11 years) with the under 5s getting in free.



Click here for a map to the Parc des Expositions

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Stunning apartment to rent in Bordeaux



La Terrasse à Bordeaux is one of the relatively few apartments available for holiday rental in the heart of the ancient and historic centre of Bordeaux. More than that, it is the only apartment we know of that has a wonderful terrace large enough to dine on or simply take in the fabulous view of the river, the ancient Porte de Bourgogne and Napoleon's Ponte de Pierre - the bridge that took his troops to Paris.

Modern comfort in an historic city.


A majority of our visitors are looking for an apartment to rent while exploring the Bordeaux region and usually with an emphasis on discovering the wines that have made the area world famous. Wine tourism is a huge industry and attractive apartments for holiday rental are hard to find. At some times of the year there is little or no accommodation within 50 kilometres of the city - so plan ahead and book early!

Our apartment's World Heritage listed staircase

Bordeaux's historic centre has been revitalised in the last few years and is now one of the biggest pedestrian precincts in Europe - yet compact enough to be visited on foot. In the area adjacent to our apartment - La Terrasse à Bordeaux- are wonderful cobbled streets with some of the best restaurants and bars as well as an open-air food market and antique and bric-a-brac market on weekends.

Porte de Bourgogne

The Porte de Bourgogne sits at the end of the Victor Hugo Avenue, where once one of the city's gates stood. To the left of our apartment we have the Quartier de la Rousselle, with its beautiful old houses, at our right ( a one minute walk away) we have the Quarter Saint-Michel with its amazing cathedral and directly in front of our terrace we have the La Garonne river and the famous Pont de Pierre . For a lot more information on what Bordeaux has to offer please explore our Bordeaux Weblog.

The apartment has WiFi internet access, a selection of board games, DVDs, music and TV. For the wine connoisseur there is a wine decanter and filter! The photograph at the top of the page and the small one at the side will give you a pretty good idea of the spectacular view from our apartment terrace at sunset.

Visitors' comments.

I thought I would drop you a quick line to say how much we enjoyed our Easter break in your Bordeaux apartment. It has all been done up really smartly and what an amazing location! We were lucky with the weather for most of the trip and it was lovely having coffee on the balcony in the morning and wine in the evening. You have really made it feel like a home! - Emma (UK)

Thank you! great spot - a really handy apartment in a gorgeous city - Mark & Anne-Maria (Brisbane Australia)

Absolutely loved staying at your place. What an astonishing view! - Wayne (Brisbane Australia)

A great weekend spent in an incredibly warm and homely apartment. Great views and perfect location. I already want to come back! - Mark ( Dublin, Eire)


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Shock and anger over Bordeaux wine decision


The Bordeaux region's St Emilion wines have been stripped of their top classifications by a French court, which has ruled that coveted "grand cru classés" labels should be taken off bottles.


The ruling follows a year-long legal fight by four wine makers whose wines were demoted in 2006. They argued that the system used to rank wines after a tasting was "partial".

"It's an aberration to condemn the classification over so little," said Nicolas Thienpont, owner of Chateau Pavie-Macquin, recently awarded the second highest rank of St Emilion premier grand cru classé.

"All those who have worked so hard to move up the rankings are being told today: 'sorry, because of four imbeciles who don't agree with it, we will cancel everything'," he said.

Christine Valette, owner of Chateau Troplong-Mondot, also recently promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé, was livid: "I am in shock. The team at the chateau is in shock. I never imagined this could happen," added Mrs Valette, who said she has spent the last 20 years working toward winning the prized title.

Founded in 1954, the ranking, which applies only to the St Emilion region and is reassessed every 10 years, consists of three classifications - premier grand cru classé A, premier grand cru classé B and grand cru classé.

A jury of brokers, merchants, oenologists and a wine professor conduct blind wine-tastings of vintages from the previous decade. They also judge a range of other criteria, such as terroir - quality of the soil - the blend of the grapes, bottling conditions and price.

The rankings are said to boost the price of the wine by about 30 percent, and thus also affect property prices.

A new list of top wines for 2006 to 2016 shrunk from 68 to 61 the number of grands crus classés.

The rankings were suspended last year pending a final judgment. The suspension was lifted last autumn, but Tuesday's decision is final.

The St Emilion Wine Union is awaiting a decision from INAO, the government body that manages French wine classifications, and the French agriculture minister as to whether they will appeal the decision within the allowed time period of two months.

But legal sources said an appeals process could take up to two years.

"I would not want to be one of the four plaintiffs. Saint Emilion is a small village."


For many in Bordeaux however the situation without the St Emilion classification system would be impossible.

"The whole situation is ... idiotic and absurd, they can't stop the 60 or more chateaux that have the rankings from using them," said Jean Baptiste Bourotte of Audy, a Bordeaux wine merchant who had just heard the news.

"I don't see how we could sell the wine."

Mr Thienpong said he would defy the ruling. "Some people have already sent their bottles with the labels on. I was just about to put mine on and intend to do so despite the ruling. It's too late to change everything. I hope the fraud squad have the good sense to see that."

"If the court maintains this position and the government does so, I would not want to be one of the four plaintiffs. Saint Emilion is a small village," said Bordeaux merchant Jeffrey Davies.

"They have pissed off a lot of people and cost them a lot of money."


Guadet - one of the four "spoilers".

The four St Emilion châteaux behind the legal action are château Guadet Saint-Julien, château La Marzelle, château Cadet-Bon and château La Tour du Pin-Figeac.

They argued that the classification jury had shown "partiality" by visiting only seven of the 95 candidate châteaux.

Some of the losing châteaux allegedly complained that some of the brokers and merchants on the jury may have had vested interests in some châteaux, because they sell local wine.

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10 Years of the Bordeaux Wine Festival

The 2008 Bordeaux Wine Festival will take place from the 26th to the 29th of June on the quays of the left bank of the Garonne River, from the Pont de Pierre to the Bourse Maritime.

The Bordeaux Town Hall and the Tourist Office present visitors this new change of setting to mark the tenth anniversary of the Festival. Lovers of wine, food, festivity and culture are invited from all over the world to share these celebrations in the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Saint Petersburg, guest of honour

The city of Saint Petersburg will be the guest of honour at the 2008 Bordeaux Wine Festival, following in the footsteps of Oporto, Munich, and Fukuoka. A pavilion will be devoted to this city, with which Bordeaux has developed numerous exchanges in the fields of aerospace, scientific research, language, education, art and culture.

Furthermore, Russia is the 15th largest export market for Bordeaux wine and has a strong growth potential.

A Wine Road between the river and XVIIIth-Century façades


Thanks to a TASTING PASS (costing 13 Euros, which includes a glass, glass case, tasting notebook and numerous tickets with special offers), visitors can, at their own pace, explore the rich diversity and quality of wines from Bordeaux and the Aquitaine region at the new Pavillon des Appellations and Pavillon des Négociants.

There is also a new DUO PASS this year. For an additional 3 Euros, visitors can have an extra glass and glass case to share this unforgettable event with a friend or partner.

Musical performances

The Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra (conducted by the talented Kwamé Ryan) and the Bordeaux Opera Choir will open the festival with a concert on the 26th June. The musicians and singers will perform Carmina Burana on Place de la Bourse.

For the first time, there will also be a ‘son et lumière’ show on the 27th, 28th, and 29th June: accompanied by music, giant images will be projected onto the Palais Gabriel.

The Port de la Lune will be illuminated as a different firework display brings the end of each evening to a brightly-coloured close.

Numerous wine-related special events

Placing special emphasis on matching food and wine, the six restaurants at BORDO’MUNDO will be open on the banks of the Garonne starting on the 20th June.

A parade of Confrèries (Wine Brotherhoods), the giant Banquet de Bacchus and barrel rolling competitions will constitute other highlights of the festival.

For those who wish to go on a tour of the wine country, a VINEYARD PASS costing 70 Euros provides an excellent opportunity to visit three Châteaux or estates on the same day with a tour guide (nine different itineraries).


PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT ‘BORDEAUX FETE LE VIN’


The ‘BORDEAUX FÊTE LE VIN’ site is open to the public between 11am and midnight from Thursday 26th June to Sunday 29th June. Entry is free.

A FEW IDEAS FOR A STAY

Ideally situated apartment available!

The Terrace in Bordeaux has had a cancellation and so the wine festival is available. Accommodation for four persons (two bedrooms) at an all inclusive price of 1200 Euro per week. Compared to 4 or 5 star hotel prices our saving is considerable. To book contact bordeauxterrace@gmail.com


The ‘BORDEAUX FÊTE LE VIN’ package deal, offered by the Bordeaux Tourist Office, includes

• two nights in a double room in a 2, 3 or 4-star hotel
• a tasting pass (including 13 tastings and other services)
• a meal at Bordo Mundo
• a vineyard pass
• a free access card (available on request) valid for 2 days for the urban public transport network
• a guided tour of the city
• a free access card for the main sites, monuments and museums.

Price per person : €185 for a 2-star hotel, €225 for a 3-star hotel, €300 for a 4-star hotel. Bordeaux travel agents also offer all-inclusive packages for ‘BORDEAUX FÊTE LE VIN’; information on www.bordeaux-fete-le-vin.com.

Recap of 2006

In 2006, ‘BORDEAUX FÊTE LE VIN’ was host to almost 300,000 visitors hailing from every region of France and around twenty countries. 200 French and foreign journalists received accreditation and covered the event. 30,000 Tasting PASS cards were sold, over 2000 wine-lovers attended the workshops set up by the ‘École du Vin’ and over 400,000 tastings were organized.

‘BORDEAUX FETE LE VIN’, an initiative of Bordeaux Town Hall, with the support of the C.I.V.B., the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry or ‘CCI’, and the participation of partners, both public (The Bordeaux Urban Community or ‘CUB’, the Conseil Général de la Gironde, the Aquitaine Region) and private (Castel, Cordier Mestrezat, Ginestet, Casino Barrière, Cofinoga, Veolia, Suez, Sud Ouest…), is an event taking place under the aegis of the Bordeaux Tourist Office, and organized by ‘Bordeaux Grands Évènements.

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From the Bordeaux Tourist Authorities...

A FEW GREAT THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND BORDEAUX

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  • Pedestrian rallies in Bordeaux’s streets, with a simple questionnaire leading guests on to a fun and entertaining exploration trail.
  • Night tours in the UNESCO-listed areas, featuring its most stunning spots and monuments in a new light.
  • The City on Stage: a visit and a show in the medieval Jurats quarter.
    An actor will lead your party through the picturesque Saint Eloi district. His name is Jean Mercadiou and he lived in the 15th century. He will tell you about his, his brother’s and his belle Isabelle’s take on the end of Hundred Years’ War
  • Regional cuisine classes with a top Bordeaux and the recipe for a typical local treat.

The vineyards

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The world’s best-known wines come from the areas called Médoc, Saint Emilion, Pomerol, Entre deux Mers, Sauternes, Graves and yonder, lying north, east and southeast of Bordeaux.
And this experience is packed with insights on the history and rituals that have nurtured this area’s unspoiled culture.

  • Tasting experiences
    An introduction to the aromas, blind tasting, guided comparisons featuring grand-cru wines, how to assemble a wine cellar, wining and dining, etc.
  • Bordeaux’s finest vineyards
    A wine trail featuring tasting experiences in your favorite winegrowing area’s top chateaux – and the winegrower’s savoir-faire firsthand.
  • Chateau dining
    Several chateaux serve lunch or dinner in their dining rooms. The choice ranges from basic “grape-picker-special” to first-class “prestige” meals, so there is bound to be one that suits your group. Introductory tasting experiences and games, live classical music, troubadours, close-ups, dances and clowns are a few of the optional extras.
  • Enthronements
    Have your VIP guests enthroned in a brotherhood, in the course of a traditional ceremony dating back to medieval days.

Sports

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The 200 hectares of pines between the Atlantic Ocean and the lakes make the Gironde waterfront the perfect venue for events involving a whole gamut of sports.

  • Sports challenges
    The choice includes more than 20 disciplines for groups of up to 1,000 people. Kayaking, mountain-biking, archery, mountain climbing, pedal-boating and orienteering are a few of the options you can pick and mix for teams to contend in.
  • Custom attractions
    Mountain biking, tennis, golfing, surfing, windsurfing, quad riding and more, when the working day’s done. Go-karting on ice, cycling and bowling are a few of the team-building and sales-staff-motivating options nearer hotels in downtown Bordeaux

Contact
BORDEAUX GIRONDE CONVENTION BUREAU
12, cours du XXX juillet
33080 Bordeaux cedex - France
Tél: 33 556 52 53 11
bgcb@bgcb.com
www.bgcb.com



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