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Breakfast in the lounge to start the day while still tied to the dock in Bordeaux due to the ship's generator problem. .
In the morning we are bused to Chateau d'Arche ... our Sauterne tasting venue. The fog is part of what is necessary for proper viticulture of Sauterne and Noble Rot.
Chateau d'Arche. The telltale rose at the end of the vineyard is for detecting disease before it affects the vines.
Chateau d'Arche ... as the fog starts to lift.
Chateau d'Arche ... 4-image panorama.
Chateau d'Arche ... our first guide tells us the basics about Sauterne.
The vineyards of Chateau d'Arche, with the village of Sauterne in the background.
Tasters of Sauterne !
Rich, the serious vinofile !
Chateau d'Arche ... our second guide tells us more about the viniculture of Sauterne wines.
Chateau d'Arche ... Our second guide had this fancy chart, but said very little if anything to explain it.
Chateau d'Arche ... explaining about how the vines are pruned.
Chateau d'Arche ... A Sauterne factory, one of millions !
Chateau D'Arche ...our 3rd guide, in the winery and barrel room, explains more about Sauterne.
Chateau d'Arche ... tasting Sauterne.
Chateau d'Arche barrel cellar ... a 3-image panorama.
Chateau d'Arche ... barrel room.
Chateau d'Arche ... tasting room.
Chateau d'Arche ... our 4th guide explains about the elements of nose and taste in Sauterne wines.
Chateau d'Arche ... and a further explanation about Noble Rot (botrytis) effect on the grapes.
Sampling the scents that are supposed to be in Sauterne nose.
Chateau d'Arche ...