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We were lunching in Bordeaux when the idea to drive out to the Medoc region entered our conversation. I couldn't leave the land of fine wines without having seen my two favorites - of which I have been lucky enough to sip once in my life - Chateau Margaux and Chateau Lafite Rothschild. My smile told it all, we hastily finished lunch and jumped in the car.
An hour later we were there. The landscape completely different than that of St. Emilion, but with a regal sense about it nonetheless.
It was one of those moments when I felt as though I should be in a carriage being pulled by horses as we approached the Chateau Margaux entrance. Ohhhh, the little girl in me started having all of the princess dreams that caused me to blink my eyes and shake my head as the car pulled to a stop.

Driving away, I noticed the cathedral that watched over the vineyard of Margaux.

We continued north, the entire time driving through a sea of grape vines.
Where I fell in love with my second Prince's castle the Chateau Pichon Longueville (the first being the castle built by one of those characters way, way, way back in my family, the "Black Prince's" Chateau de Camarsac).

Soon the Chateaus began to blend together in my mind. From those embellished with intricate details that made them appear smaller and more inhabitable (to me),  to the more grandiose entrances with circular drives in the courtyard and beautiful landscaping.
We finally made our way to the vineyard and barns of Chateau Lafite Rothschild. I gazed at the incredible spread from a mile away - vines as far as I could see in all directions.

And quite often, I would notice a wine bottle that looked bigger than the Chateau.

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