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Before reaching Bordeaux, the pilgrims walk through a little town that doesn't need any advertising. Everyone knows Margaux above all Château Margaux, which has been making excellent wines... for centuries.
On the Way of St James Photo Chateau Margaux
The English Prime Minister, sir Robert Walpole, is an exemple out of a long list of the favour the English elite has for the Bordeaux wines : circa 1730 "he buys 4 barrels of Margaux every three months, that he sometimes forgets to pay !"
At Margaux, around 1 400 inhabitants, the Association des Amis de saint Jacques de Compostelle en Aquitaine got from the city council three bronze marks which show the direction to Santiago. As a sign of welcome, of recognition, an to say good bye.
If the Paris streets were equipped in the same proportion with the number of inhabitants, you would see 4285 marks on the ground !
Another example at Tours, on the same Paris way.
15 to 20 years are requested to allow the wine before its tastes and flavours fully develop. Would the pilgrims be of the same kind ? It takes a while before he improves himself...
on the way.