derek mercer wrote:I too am visiting Bordeaux, with friends, for the first time next month and have found this site invaluable in helping to plan the few days we have to spend in and around the city.
My experience in contacting the chateaux that interested me the most as a result of what I had read here is as follows. I sent out requests for appointments almost 1 month ago. Pontet Canet and L'Evangile were very prompt in responding to my requests and have arranged to have us visit. Chateau Villemaurine was also very accommodating and we plan to spend some time there as well.
On the negative side none of La Dominique, Malescot-Exupery, Valandraud, and D'Issan have responded to my requests in any fashion.
Thanks for the post, comments, question and nice words.
La Dominique is very welcoming. You should try them again. You can also call, but Email should work. They are very consumer friendly.
Malescot makes great wine, but they are not the best at Email. responses. Even to me! In the office they are mostly French speaking. I think they take visitors not in the trade, but I am not sure.
There is no place for you to visit Valandraud.
Looking at your list of chateau you have appointments at, I'd seek to visit other chateau in the same area. Pauillac is just a stones throw from St. Estephe and St. Julien. St. Emilion and Pomerol and are next to each other.
I hope this helps...
When are you going to be there?
I am not sure about visits to d'Issan, but I would call if they do not answer your Email.