Vignobles & Chateaux

Vignobles & Chateaux, Saint-Emilion: Address, Phone Number, Vignobles & Chateaux Reviews: 4.5/5

Vignobles & Chateaux
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Coastman3
Palo Alto, CA1,030 contributions
Tremendous selection of wine; ask for Le Primier (the first future offering of bordeaux)
Jun 2018
This store is incredibly knowledgeable and they have an extensive futures offering that isn't available many other places. The prices are set by the chateau, so they are at a set price. Also, their older vintages are amazing and reasonably priced.
Written June 17, 2018
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77SC
Chicago, IL24 contributions
Good quality and customer service
Aug 2017 • Friends
We visited for a tasting as part of a larger wine tour day. We were able to taste a variety of St. Emilion and Medoc wines without substantial pressure to buy. A group of us consolidated our order to be shipped to the States. Since it was the summer, it was suggested to wait a few months for delivery. The shipment was sent when promised and cleared US customs with no problems arriving after just a few days. They were very professional and the wines were of great quality. Since we were shipping out of the EU, we were able to avoid taxes which offset the shipping fees. Highly recommend.
Written June 12, 2018
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Munjo
Angola, NY2,538 contributions
Perfect, professional and helpful
Nov 2017 • Couples
My wife and I were advised “this is the best place to buy and ship wine”.

It is a completely professional, knowledgeable and friendly store. Had great tastings (no charge). Loved their recommendations

We shipped several cases home. Perfectly packed and delivered. All fully insured for replacement should something unexpected happen.

We will definitely be buying from them in the future.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Written November 21, 2017
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Thomas O
Oslo, Norway36 contributions
Great help and nice offering of wine
Oct 2017
Coming into this beautiful shop in St. Emilion, we really got the help we wanted. We were given the opportunity to try out different styles before, based on that, we were given suggestions for wine. They are really helpful finding wine in both the top bracket and lower brackets, do can definitely recommend this merchant.
Written November 7, 2017
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Peter W
New York29 contributions
Know what you want before you buy
Aug 2017 • Couples
I'll try to be balanced and point out the good and the not as good.

There are many wine stores which can ship Bordeaux to almost any country in the town of Saint-Emilion. I think this one overall is reasonably good. Certainly they will treat you well while you are shopping, and they know their merchandise.

My biggest peeve is that a lot of what you can buy here can actually be bought cheaper in the US, at least if you live in a wine friendly area (Northeast, California, wherever else) or live in a state that allows you to receive wine from online stores in other states. In my opinion, if you are buying relatively recent vintages of almost any Bordeaux wine, chances are you could buy it cheaper in the US, even after they subtract the imbedded 20% VAT from the domestic price in this store. The shipping prices here are also a bit high relative to the advertised costs at some competing stores in St. Emilion center.

Everything did arrive as promised, and they sent it in the fall when things were cooler as promised. But I did have to pay their US customs broker $141 (not very much at all for alcohol excise tax, but for "customs bond", "formal entry", etc.). Maybe if I had ordered less (this was 3 cases) that wouldn't be the case, I don't know. I have ordered a lot of wine/booze to be shipped to me while on vacations in various parts of the France, Italy, Australia, UK and most of the time it arrives just as if I had ordered it domestically, without the need to pay any additional fees.

But back to the good stuff. They really have an extensive catalog of things you can order, and a lot of older vintages. And you can be sure it has been properly treated during the aging process. If you are a Bordeaux newbie, I'd still probably refrain from letting them guide you too much -- again because of the relative cost. But if you know that you like Chateau XYZ and are familiar with what US prices are for that product, then you might find some cost effective purchases here, particularly in older vintages. Definitely make use of wine-searcher.com before you splash out a lot of money here. And really I think this advice applies to all the wine stores in St. Emilion center, not just this one. I just happened to buy my wine here. When you are on vacation and having a great time visiting Chateaux and tasting wine it's sometimes easy to forget what you can buy (and at what price) in your own area.

I guess overall I am also comparing this place to wine stores where I have bought wine (and had it shipped) in the Burgundy area and in Tuscany, and I felt like overall I got a better deal in those places than here. But Bordeaux is kind of a different beast and is a bit more touristy than the places I mentioned (I know it's hard to believe, but really).

So enjoy yourself, buy what you like, but be cautious. Your wallet will thank you.
Written October 29, 2017
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Dear Peter, We thank you for your visit and are happy to read your comments. Thanks for highlighting the fact that we take care of the provenance and conditions of the wines we sell, it is very important to us. Concerning the customs clearances fees that you had to pay, note that shipping rules into the States did change quite a lot through the year and this is now mandatory if the merchant and shipper follow the legit process. We are totally aware that some of the youngest vintages of biggest productions can be find at very competitive prices in th US. Therefore, we always try to focus our advises on more boutique, special, difficult to get wines. Our aim is to offer the best wines at the best quality and price conditions, to work on long term relationships and to get 100% of our clients satisfied so we are clearly taking your comments into consideration. Do not hesitate to get back to us for any questions, we hope to see you again in the area and more than anything, enjoy your wines! Best, Max
Written November 1, 2017
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paristraveler12
California, Usa68 contributions
Beautiful store and knowledgeable staff
Sep 2017 • Couples
Benjamin gave our group a very enlightening tour of a nearby vineyard and an hour long class and tasting in the store's upstairs wine school. Benjamin is wonderful!
Written October 4, 2017
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Millpers123
New York City, NY435 contributions
Great selection of and knowledge staff
Mar 2017 • Friends
This place came highly recommended from our hotel in St Emilion and we were thrilled to get a private wine tour of a nearby chateau from Morgan. He took us down into the caves and into the vineyards and shared his knowledge and passion for the wine. We got a great Tasting as well. No pressure to buy, but the prices were fair and the selection including older vintages were outstanding. We were lucky to have his assistance and we ended up shipping a case home!
Written March 29, 2017
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Gary G
9 contributions
Great wine shop!
Oct 2016 • Couples
Benjamin gave us a private wine tour of Beausejour winery and then back to the shop for a tasting. Wines were great straight from the local wineries and most unavailable in the US. Very knowledgeable. Let us taste a bunch of wine understood what we wanted and hand picked 2 cases for us and had them shipped back to us in the US. Know I have a personal Saint Emilion wine merchant. What could be better than that!
Written October 28, 2016
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MBA60302
Chicago, IL4,646 contributions
Excellent source of good local wines
May 2016 • Couples
We had an excellent experience purchasing a case of wine from this merchant after they indulged is tasting a very large number of samples, including opening bottles that were of interest. Many small vineyards are represented that just are not available for purchase in the States. As others have mentioned, the shipping costs to the States is easily offset by the VAT that is saved. The wine arrived quite promptly, and was carefully packaged.
Written August 31, 2016
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Lilac_b_runner
Winchester, MA18 contributions
Perfect place to taste many local wines and ship back to States
Jul 2016 • Couples
If you want to ship some fine wines back to the States I highly recommend this store. Maxime had us taste several wines and made recommendations based on our discussion. They have a broad selection of good wines and multiple price points. They have many boutique wines as well. They will package and ship to the states, you do not pay the 20% VAT which basically covers the shipping cost. Maxime was also great in explaining the region, different vitners, and the grand cru classification system.
Written July 8, 2016
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