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“Beautiful newly redone cellar”
Review of Chateau Soutard

Chateau Soutard
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Experience one of the great Saint-Émilion wineries:Take your time to soak up the atmosphere,by day or by night. Out in the vineyards,down in the cellars, or busy in the kitchenswith an expert chef!Come with friends…meet fellow winebuffs…enjoy a romantic break or a familyday out.
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Nice, but not spectacular tour--best thing about it was the gorgeous patterned concrete wall in one of the aging rooms. We participated in the tasting but didn't love the wine. Moments from St. Emilion so very easy to tour if you're visiting the village

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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stopped in for a tasting (it was too late to do a tour) and we're so glad we did. We sat outside in the sun with their wonderful brown laborador and enjoyed several of their delicious wines. Just a couple of minutes drive from St. Emilion town. We would highly recommend a stop into this place! No appointment required.

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aymone f, Responsable commercial at Chateau Soutard, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

Thank you very much coming at Château soutard please feel free to coming back for a tour or a cookery challenge with our private chef!

Have a good day!

Best regards,

Soutard Team

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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We took a tour of the Chateau during our honeymoon trip and I can say I was very impressed by the installation. Our guide was simply wonderful and very well informed on the winemaking process.

After the tour of the property the wine tasting session was a unique experience in an unique atmosphere. I wholeheartdedly recomment you to book a a tour of the Chateau at a very affordable rate.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We were told that this was a must see Chateau, and it wasn't until I read a previous TA post that we found out Soutard has a "cookery challenge". Alas, they require 48 hours notice, which we didn't have. So disappointed! Instead we had a tour and Helena showed us thru the wine making process finishing with a tasting of 3 of their different vintages and appellations. The current owners "le Mondiale" have done a nice job of restoration and building the new wine annex in the old style. A lovely hour spent and much knowledge gained.

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

I am a pretty good cook, and my family has enjoyed tasting and collecting wine for years, so when we recently traveled to St. Emilion, I went in search of cooking lessons. Not cooking lessons that are designed for the professional, and not cooking lessons where 20 people watch a 20 minute demonstration, but a hands on experience where you come away with a better understanding of how food is prepared in France, how local produce is selected and used, and how to prepare new dishes that are unique. My husband, who is not a good cook, went in search of a more hands on, in depth, wine and vineyard experience. Finding such a place in France is not as easy as it seems, and finding a place in St. Emilion is even harder. We found both at Chateau Soutard.

Chateau Soutard was recommended to us by Catherine Ouzoulias at Chateau Franc-Pourret. She was aware that Chateau Soutard had something called a "cookery challenge." Not really knowing what a "cookery challenge" was, we booked it, and, after perusing Chateau Soutard’s website, we also booked the "winemaker for a day." We had all the bases covered.

The “cookery challenge” turned out to be a hands on culinary nirvana or, more accurately, a day of fabulous cooking lessons. When we arrived at the beautifully restored Chateau Soutard, it was the beginning of a day filled with individual, hands on learning, laughter, fabulous food, and great wine. This grand cru classé winery is one of the oldest chateaus of Saint-Emilion, and it produces very classic Saint-Emilion wines. Chateau Soutard is a large property, recently renovated by its new owner, the French company ‘La Mondiale.’ The renovations are impressive and ongoing. A private tour of the winemaking facility, a tasting in the underground cellars, and lunch was all part of our day.

As my husband headed off to tour the vineyards, to be instructed on vine pruning techniques, to top off barrels, and to chat with winery employees, my daughter and I headed into the kitchen where we met Alvaro Bonnelly, Chateau Soutard’s young, interesting, and immensely talented new chef. The first thing we prepared is what every French citizen adores, foie gras. That was only the beginning. After the foie gras, we prepared dauphinoise potatoes, vegetable lasagna, pork tenderloin and brie with carmelized onion on baquette, baked camembert cheese with honey, and marinated pork. At lunch, the food we had prepared was paired with several excellent vintages from Chateau Soutard. Alvaro is fluent in multiple languages, most notably English. Kitchen conversation and directions were never a problem, and our time passed quickly.

Chateau Soutard also offers a similar dinner event. As luck would have it, they had an opening for the next evening. We jumped at the chance. If it is possible, spending the evening cooking and eating with Chef Bonnelly was even better than lunch the day before. It was like having a dinner party with good friends. If you are going to explore Saint Emilion and love to cook, or want a much better understanding of St. Emilion’s terroir and wines, invest some time at Chateau Soutard. It will be a wonderful experience.

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