Saint Emilion Guest house – A chance to stay in another top-ranked Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé vineyard – Chateau Fombrauge at Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes.
Chateau Fombrauge is in the stable of classy Bordeaux wine estates run by Bernard Magrez which includes Chateau Pape-Clement.
A guest house set in a 17th-century chartreuse, Château Fombrauge is surrounded by a French garden overlooking the wine estate’s vineyards, where guests can enjoy a furnished terrace.
Château Fombrauge suites offer views over the garden or the vineyards. They are decorated with period furniture and feature a four-poster bed. The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub.
Here the wine is a classic Saint Emilion blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, and is classified as a Grand Cru Classé. Chateau Fombrauge is the largest vineyard in Saint Emilion and one of the oldest estates dating back to 1679.
“Viticulture was introduced to this fertile region of Aquitaine by the Romans, and intensified in the Middle Ages. The Saint-Emilion area benefited from its location on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and many churches, monasteries and hospices were built there from the 11th century onwards. It was granted the special status of a ‘jurisdiction’ during the period of English rule in the 12th century. It is an exceptional landscape devoted entirely to wine-growing, with many fine historic monuments in its towns and villages.”