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Vignobles & Chateaux

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Vignobles & Chateaux

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Medoc or St-Emilion Small-Group Wine Tasting and Chateaux Tour from Bordeaux
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Medoc or St-Emilion Small-Group Wine Tasting and Chateaux Tour from Bordeaux

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Choose your own adventure in Bordeaux’s famous wine regions—with a half-day tour of either St-Emilion or Medoc. With provided transportation, there’s no need to worry about renting a car or being the designated driver. Traveling with a small group means your guide and the winemakers can provide more personal attention as you visit two châteaux for tastings. Get a better understanding of the region and its wines during an included wine-tasting workshop.
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Coastman3 wrote a review Jun 2018
Palo Alto, California1,019 contributions236 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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77SC wrote a review Jun 2018
Chicago, Illinois24 contributions10 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Munjo wrote a review Nov 2017
Buffalo, New York2,496 contributions684 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Thomas O wrote a review Nov 2017
Oslo, Norway38 contributions12 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Peter W wrote a review Oct 2017
New York29 contributions32 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Response from Vignobles C, Gérant at Vignobles & Chateaux
Responded Nov 1, 2017
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
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