All the subjects covered by the website over the past twelve months have once again been a delight to compile and research. But here are five subjects which proved particularly interesting when peeling the layers away. Click on the titles or associated pictures to read the items!
The story seems to have been brushed under the carpet, but in the early 1970s the reputation of the Bordeaux wine industry lay in ruins. At the heart of the scandal were thousands of mislabelled bottles of wine, and the resulting investigation also uncovered many other illicit practices. Now that the Bordeaux wine sector has fully recovered, the time felt right to unearth the story… and piecing together the details proved a tall order!
Domaine Catros and the arboretum which refuses to lie down
A chance encounter enabled Invisible Bordeaux to study a number of archive documents with a view to reconstructing the history of the arboretum founded by former royal gardener Toussaint-Yves Catros in Le Haillan at the end of the 18th century. Again, compiling the relevant information was difficult but I’m happy to be able to recount this hitherto-untold story.