Want a change from château lunches and Michelin stars when you are in the Medoc? Why not dine at a cooperage. The role of barrel ageing is so important and the barrel cellars are an impressive stop on any winery visit. The oos and aahs as the vanilla aroma of new oak hits you on entering a barrel cellar are only reinforced when wine makers share the fact that 225l (300 bottle) barrels can cost upwards of 700 Euros each.
However if you take the time to visit a cooperage you can see why – the skill and time, not to mention the 200-year-old oak that goes into a barrel justifies the price. What to know more? The Tonnellerie Nadalié in Ludon-Medoc has welcomed visitors to discover the art of barrel for a while. Now however they will also welcome you to dine having just opened their new restaurant on site. ‘Le 1902’ named after the date cooperage was opened overlooks the ‘shop floor’ where you can see the barrels being made.
Thierry Evenisse at the opening of 1902
Thierry Evenisse is the new chef having travelled from Paris and the Auvergne via the Caribbean to the Medoc. His excellent food is complimented by a selection of wines made by ‘Les Alienors’ (amongst others) a group of women wine makers, including Christine Nadalie, 5th generation of the family. The family property, Château Beau Rivage, Bordeaux Superieur and Clos La Boheme, Cru Bourgeois are vinified from organic grapes grown just down the road along the banks of the Garonne.
Wine, food and barrels – a one-stop Medoc experience.