Introduction

Dramatic contrasts between old and new confront visitors in this fascinating, at times off-beat, part of the city where Bordeaux's wine-trading history comes to life. Artist studios, antique galleries and small independent boutiques pepper village-like Chartrons, a fashionably bohemian quarter named after Carthusian monks who lived here from 1383 until the 15th century when wine merchants moved in. Wine depots in enormous riverside hangars and elegant residences soon followed. Across the water, north of the Bassins à Flot (wet docks), cranes lace the skyline in the increasingly regenerated port district of Bacalan.