In the past, my advice to people interested in visiting Bordeaux was to go somewhere else. Seriously. Not because of the wine, which is great, but because of a less-than-warm welcome at the world-famous châteaus. To anyone who wasn’t in the wine business or a major collector, the wrought-iron gates were firmly closed. And that was not only for tastings. Staying overnight at a major château? Not a chance. You might as well have walked up to Versailles to ask if they had somewhere you could crash.
Which is why the fact that you can now call up (or email) to reserve a room at a top property like Château Beychevelle or Château Pape Clément and not pay a fortune for it is somewhere past exciting. We’re firmly in the realm of mind-blowing.
- Bargain Bordeaux Travel
- Giant Mugs of Sangria and 150 Year-Old Bordeaux
- Why Bordeaux is Actually the Best Bargain in the Wine Shop
On a recent trip to the region, I stayed at châteaus every night for almost a week. I wandered 18th-century halls in the Médoc at midnight, blended my own wine in Pessac-Léognan, ate the best escargots of my life in Saint-Émilion (hey, it’s France) and ended my tour with a glass of red, overlooking vineyards and the Garonne.