Barsac is more than wines!!

Well for lack of a better title we have been all over the wine country of Bordeaux, our favorite. However, there are some towns that even if not the favorite wine is worth the detour me think. One of these is Barsac; let me tell you a bit about it ok. For disclosure, the text is new ,the picture is old. See my many posts on the wine country of Bordeaux!

Barsac is a town in the department of the Gironde no 33 in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine. It is only 27 km from Bordeaux, 8,5 km from Langon, and 6 km from Podensac, all in wine country!  The roads here you will see vineyards on both sides such as the D1113 that takes you further into Cérons and Podensac and up to Bordeaux city. Also , to Preignac out of Langon. The main highways here are the A62 (Bordeaux-Toulouse which we love), you get off at exit 2 for Podensac and exit 1 for Bazas to connect with the highway A65 (Langon-Pau, taken a lot). It has a train station on the line of  Bordeaux-Séte of the TER of Nouvelle Aquitaine (never taken).

We were struck by the Church Saint Vincent built in the 18C on the spot of an older church destroyed in the 16C. This church is dedicated to Saint Vincent, patron saint of the winemakers. It has a simple facade with a belltower with tiles. The church house furniture from the 18C such as an altar and retables of different work of arts in wood such as the Choir of Simon, marbre of Quéva, a organ tribune of Mollié, a Sacristy with wood from Combes and a nice retable. In one of the walls of the church you will read about a meter from the floor a sign telling the level of flooding of the Garonne river with the mention April 7 1770 flooding!

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Other things to see here worth the stop next time me think are

The Château de Bastard 17C, Château de Rolland medieval ruins. The castles of the wine country of Barsac area of Sauternes, appellation Barsac. The Barsac is a sweet white wine from the Sauternes line part of the wines of Bordeaux. The appellation includes the town of Barsac with most vineyards on the left bank of the Ciron river. One of the best we have tried here is the Château Coutet excellent. You can also visit the Maison des vins de Sauternes-Barsac. There are many wooden houses from the 18C . Also, the chemin de Croix and the Halle or market facing the city/town hall.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip are:

The Valley of Ciron on the Church Saint Vincent of Barsac: http://www.vallee-du-ciron.com/Barsac/BarsEglise/BarsEglise.htm

The town of Barsac on the Church Saint Vincenthttps://www.barsac.fr/eglise-saint-vincent/

The Syndicate (union) of the wines of Sauternes-Barsachttps://www.sauternes-barsac.com/en/the-history/

There you go folks, a nice town of Barsac. I like to put it up in my blog for memories’ sake of our road warrior trips with the family is this part of my belle France. Hope you enjoy it as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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