Enclosed by vineyards producing some of Bordeaux’s most esteemed wine, it’s no wonder that the village of Saint-Emilion is one of the region’s most alluring destinations. During a weekend there earlier this year, I found myself effortlessly charmed by Saint-Emilion’s graceful limestone buildings, its window-boxes brimming with beautiful blooms, its almond-flavored macarons, and elegant wine culture. By day, Shawn and I ascended the 196 steps of the village’s church-tower and explored its vineyards, and by night, we shared exemplary bottles of wine with Shawn’s parents. One night, a generous winemaker sitting at a table beside us even invited us to share a glass of one of this creations. What a way to welcome us!
One early morning, I took to the town’s streets on my own, careful not to slide down Saint-Emilion’s infamous tertres or steep cobbled lanes (better to do so before a glass of wine!). On the walk, I soaked up the details you see here: a pair of topiaries, the silhouette of a sign shaped like a grape leaf, and my favorite – the likeness of a bottle fashioned out of corks, beautifully tinted by Bordeaux’s famed wine.
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