Back in Blaye for the second time! In mid March I spent a few days judging at Citadelles du Vin, a small but long-standing competition held in Blaye, just across the Gironde from Bordeaux.

The afternoons were filled with various visits - Lunch at Chateau des Tourtes in Saint-Caprais-de-Blaye and again at Chateau Bujan in the village of Gauriac.

A fabulous gala dinner at Domaine de Chevalier brought the competition to a close. Were it not for lashings of vintage Pessac Leognan and Sauternes I would have stood a better chance of following the speeches. I assume some medals were handed out.

The menu was.....