Fun with Google Earth

[digg=]We’ve put together a Google Earth file with the locations of Bordeaux’s leading properties (plus some of our favourite smaller châteaux), so you can get a bird’s eye view of this fascinating region.

If you’ve got Google Earth installed on your computer, just download the KML file and enjoy. If you don’t have Google Earth installed, it’s free to download, or if you prefer you can just browse the satellite images online using Google Maps.

It’s great fun to play around with – here are some of the more interesting things to look out for:

  • Château Haut-Brion – you may have heard how this first growth has been all but swallowed up by Bordeaux’s sprawling suburbs, but see for yourself from space!
  • Château Montrose – check out the helipad at this ambitious St-Estèphe property.
  • Château Cos d’Estournel – you can just about make out the elaborate oriental pagoda at this fairytale property.
  • Château Latour – the Médoc’s most famous vinous landmark is actually just a little folly, and not much to look at from space!
  • Château Margaux – you can clearly make out this grand old château building.
  • Château Cheval Blanc – right on the edge of the St-Emilion appellation, you can see just how close it is to the neighbouring Pomerol properties La Conseillante and Evangile.

We’ve tried to position the pins in the middle of the château buildings, although with some (for example Mouton-Rothschild and the Léovilles) it’s a little difficult to pinpoint a central point.

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