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Official XXIst International Pigment Cell Conference website - 21-24 Sept 2011, Bordeaux - France | updated: September 18 2011

Welcome Reception, CEB Palais des Congrès

18:30 - 19:30 | Wednesday 21st, September 2011

Gala Dinner: Chateau Giscours

Visit | Wine tasting and Gala dinner destination !

The Gala dinner on Thursday evening, will take place at the Château Giscours in Margaux. Château Giscours is a Third Growth (3rd Grand Cru Classé) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, making it one of the more prestigious producers in France. The vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (40%), and five percent divided between Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The construction of the beautiful renaissance style Château dates back to the 18th century.
Giscours, with its prestigious past, its very name evokes the excellence of classic Bordeaux. Like the grandeur of Rome, Giscours' greatness comes from the majestic hills which are an integral part of its region. Embraced by the breezes from the nearby Gironde river, the vineyard is a perfect example of the finesse found in Margaux wines.



POST CONFERENCE TOURS : sunday 25th, september 2011

Visit of Saint-Emilion

Saint-Emilion, best known for the vineyards which surround the town, is one of the four Bordeaux red wine regions. The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become Saint-Emilion as early as the 2nd century AD, and the town dates from the 8th century, when Emilion, a Breton Monk, came to settle in a hermitage carved into the rock. Saint-Emilion itself is a very attractive small town, not to be missed. Built from, or rather hacked out of the local yellow limestone, Saint-Emilion centers around a large square, with a church on one side – a remarkable church, because it too is more or less hewn from the rock.

Saint-Emilion is entered by way of one of the seven gates – part of the original fortifications – and contains steep narrow streets with beautiful buildings, along with several more open plazas. Particular places of interest also include the collegiate church and its splendid cloister; the Cordeliers monastery and cloister; the Château du Roy; the 13th century bell tower in the monolithic church; and the underground pottery museum, built in a 12th century quarry and containing pottery from 2000 years ago up to the present day.

Saint Emilion

Since 1999, Saint-Emilion and region is a listed and protected UNESCO “World Heritage Site”.

Boat trip in the Bay of Arcachon

A small inland sea, open to the Atlantic Ocean. The general shape of the Arcachon Bay is that of an equilateral triangle pointing north, the southwest corner of which is opened and has the access from the sea, between Cap Ferret and the town of Arcachon, through a 3 km narrow channel. The bay is surrounded by picturesque villages and is cadenced by the continuous movement of the come-and-go at the rhythm of the sea. This makes the Arcachon Bay an incomparable location, which you discover always for the first time again.

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Visit of « Bordeaux, Port de la Lune »

If Bordeaux, recently inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO, owes its fame to its famous vineyards, thanks to its history, intimately linked to its river: it invites you today to discover the richness of its exceptional heritage.

How can we ignore, when we admire the cruise ships anchored in the city center, at the Port of the moon, which takes its name from its crescent-shaped, that Bordeaux welcomes all the fleets of the world since antiquity.

Can we assess at fair value, architectural quality and urban amenities of the eighteenth century Place Royale (now Place de la Bourse), Grand Theatre, Driveways Tourny without knowing they were made possible by the development of an international trade (wine, wood, spices).

All parts of the city show, fragments of its history: Saint Peter located the site of the Gallo-Roman port Burdigala, Saint-Michel and its Gothic spire, Saint-Eloi crisscrossed with narrow streets, the neighborhood of Hotel de Ville, where the rise-Andre Cathedral and the Palais Rohan…


Welcome to Bordeaux !

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