Château Brande-Bergère in the northern portion of Bordeaux, France
Roses at the end of vine rows


Happy Bastille Day!


My last Vino Voices livestream covered ‘satellite appellations’ of Bordeaux in France, and included an interview with Damien Landouar—Director of Château Gaby in Canon-Fronsac.


A garden lunch or dinner with friends or at a wine château in France is a great way to experience learning about local foods, and wines. This week’s meal accompanies a Forbes piece I wrote about Denis Dalibot, owner of Château Brande-Bergère in northern Bordeaux. Denis and I met at wine tastings in both Lausanne in Switzerland and in Paris, France. He spent decades working as a chief financial officer for various large French companies, including for the owner of Château Cheval Blanc and Château d’Yquem. I was impressed by the quality of the wine he produces at such amazing value.

Infinity pool with an endless view of forests and hills


Château Brand-Bergère prepared a lunch when I visited, which I ate in the garden with owner Denis Dalibot and his wife.

Denis Dalibot before his château and immaculately tended vines


Lunch setting before a beautiful garden

The appetizer included courgette (zucchini) gazpacho, topped with a fresh cherry tomato.

Zucchini gazpacho

The main dish included roasted chicken from the Lande region of southwest France, fresh beans (haricots verts) and fried potatoes.

Summer fare

Dessert included a mix of strawberries and raspberries from the Perigord region of the Dordogne, as well as sweet wafers.

Fresh, cool dessert


We began with a 100% Cabernet Franc rosé from Château Brande-Bergère. This was light colored with beautiful and precise acidity, made more in a style from Provence than from Bordeaux.

Crisp, clean, light

For the main course we sampled three vintages – 2015, 2016 and 2018 of Cuvée O’Byrne from Château Brande-Bergère, each a blend of about 40% merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. These are all well crafted beauties at an incredibly low price (less than $16 a bottle).

Every vintage a winner


Luxury and taste do not have to be expensive. Seek beauty off the beaten trail, and be amazed at what a wonderful world exists just a little way away from the crowds.

This region of France near the border of Gironde, Dordogne and Charente-Maritime includes small villages worth visiting.

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