Château Cordeillan-Bages

Rte. des Châteaux, 1½ km (1 mile) south of town, Pauillac, 33250, France

Though the clean-lined, contemporary interior of this 17th-century, stone-faced, wine-producing mansion may not speak to everyone, the vines growing right up to the property, the luxury rooms, the sommelier's dream of a wine cellar (with over 200 different Champagnes alone), and the celebrated restaurant are definite inducements. The restaurant's famed chef, Jean-Luc Rocha, easily makes up for any inconsistencies in what some might call a blandly modern atmosphere, and the château's own cru bourgeois is a wine worth getting to know.

PROS

  • lovely marble building
  • tranquil location
  • top chef in residence
  • expert wine-tasting and discovery courses offered

CONS

  • somewhat faded modern decor
  • remote with airport 45 km (27 miles) away—but you could ask to use the château's helipad

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -05–56–59–24–24

HOTEL DETAILS

24 rooms, 4 suites
Rate Includes: Closed late Dec.–mid-Mar. No meals

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