Even if only passing through Bordeaux (as we were), this is well worth visiting. It is quite a grand building over several floors, though only the ground floor is open to the public - the rest is set aside for industry professionals.
As has already been mentioned in numerous reviews, the prices are astonishing when you consider what a glass of wine (or a beer for that matter) would set you back in a bar or restaurant - 15cl glasses start around 2 euros and go up to 5/6 for really nice wines.
We tried a number of different varieties, accompanied by a plate of goat's cheese; not really knowing where to start, we asked our waiter for recommendations and he was happy to oblige based on our preferences. That said, I think we were lucky as others did not appear quite as attentive.
We visited late in the afternoon and there were only 5 or 6 people, all of whom tourists; I can imagine it is quite popular in the evenings. It was decorated in the same way as an upmarket (wine) bar in the UK - high ceilings and plenty of money spent on the decor, but at the same time perfectly comfortable; we could have spent several hours there.
More formal wine tasting sessions are also available, which we would have tried had we had the time.
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