When you visit Bordeaux I would highly recommend you stop by at Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion which is easily accessible from the town centre by Bus,Tram or Taxi. I took the visit with Sylvie in French but she also speaks English and German. The visit was really interesting as Sylvie knows what she’s talking about and shares it in a way that even if you’re not a wine expert you understand. She showed me around the vineyard and explained the soils, how the ground is worked etc (makes a change). We then headed to the stables as the Château works with horses, yes there are three beautiful horses waiting to greet you. I got the chance to see one at work.
After talking about the magnificent gardens, we then went to the masterpiece of the visit. You’ve probably seen it in the latest architecture/design magazines. This was created by two good friends the designer Philippe Starck and architect Luc Arsène-Henry. Starck being known worldwide for his famous lemon squeezer. After visiting the high-tech cellars we went upto the roof terrace to get a beautiful view of the surrounding park.
The tasting took place in the Reception area, where I tasted two wines, the 1st being “Le Clos Des Carmes Haut-Brion” 2011, the 2nd was “Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion” 2011. There is a little shop for souvenirs and they sell the wine you taste (sounds silly but not all châteaux do this). Remember you must reserve prior to the visit.
LANGUAGE: French but she speaks English and German
DURATION: 1 hour
From Monday to Saturday, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
and 14:00 PM to 18:00 PM
by appointment only.
CONTACT: +33 (0) 5 56 93 23 40 or http://www.les-carmes-haut-brion.com/en/visits
Up to 4 persons: 30€ /pers
From 5 to 10 persons : 25€ / pers