Bordeaux Blat is a trip to Montignac hosted by fellow se7eners, Hugh & Kay Dent, who retired to France a few years ago. Hugh, Kay and fellow villagers, including the mayor, kindly accommodate us free of charge. Our personal thanks also go to Philippe & Cathy Fiorotto for their excellent hospitality over the past two years.

An immense amount of time and effort is spent by Hugh & Kay organising events such as visiting chateaux, tasting fine wines, river trips, visiting markets, BBQs and endless blatting on wonderful roads (not to mention the use of their swimming pool for cooling purposes). The highlight of the trip is a fete at the village hall commencing at 2.30pm with 'circuit rides' provided by us for the villagers around local roads which are closed for the event. This all culminated some 12 hours later after paella, copious quantities of wine and dancing to the blues band 'Cadijo'.

An article on the inaugural trip in July 2002 (7 pages, strangely enough), was written for the Club's magazine, Low Flying, describing the wonderful time we had and the great people we met. It appeared in the March 2003 issue and can be seen here.


Bordeaux Blat HQ
Our hosts, Hugh, Kay & Bouncer!
Chateau Chatelet, St. Emilion
Precision parking
Chocks away!
A bonnet-off moment!
Pre-party drinks
Some paella, eh?
The blues band, 'Cadijo'
The 'CAT' has got his hat on
Just one of many vineyards we visited
7s at Chateau Vincent
Homeward bound
Last meal on French soil, Caen

Boarding the ferry


Let the banquet begin
They don't come any larger than this!
Follow the leader
Bazas Cathedral
Roquetaillade - a living chateau
My wine celler (I wish!)
Cooling off
and yes, we did eat it all!
Now that's what I call a seafood platter!
Working windmills at Chateau Calon, Montagne
Flaming Heck
(This photo taken by Maggie May made it into the Caterham Calendar for November 2005)
Keeping our noses in front
7s, a different view
Fish-eye reflection
Bonnet-off moment
One of many signs dotted around Montignac
Sign to HQ
Last night at Creon

Famille Fiorotto et amis