France: Bordeaux

Southern Graves and Sauternes

Home of the great sweet whites - dry whites and reds too
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 11 May 2010
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Château de Mongenan

Address: 16 Rue de Mongenan, 33640 Portets
Tel: 05 56 67 18 11  Fax: 05 56 67 23 88
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:41:45N (44.69588)    Longitude: 0:25:50W (-0.43050) 

Florence Mothe is owner at this attractive 18th century estate, which makes a range of good quality red and white Graves wines. The estate has rooms available to hire for private events, and also contains a museum for visitors which has an extensive collection of antique vineyard tools and equipment, plus some interesting archives and even clothing and wallpaper from Revolutionary France (the interior decor of the chateau has also preserved its 18th century look). The property has extensive, formally-laid out gardens that are also open for visits. Concerts and other events are regularly staged through the year. Wine available to buy direct. The same owners also open Château Langueloup (also AC Graves) to visitors, and can arrange tours of both properties.

Useful information: Open June, September and  October 14.00-18.00 daily; July & August 10.00-12.00, 14.00-19.00 daily, rest of year Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays 14.00-18.00 but closed January – mid February Groups welcome (up to 40, but must book in advance if over 10 people). Tour and tasting €6. Some English spoken.


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