Surrounded by nature and tranquillity, the beautiful Château Troplong Mondot is situated on a picturesque hilltop with sweeping views over the medieval village of Saint-Émilion – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and home to 43 hectares of vines.
The estate’s boutique accommodation options – located across a suite of charming cottages and ancient farm buildings – offer the perfect winter escape.
Down a lane, nestled amongst the vines, the Vineyard House provides a quiet retreat to cosy up by the fireplace, enjoy a board game and indulge in a glass of red wine. During the day, guests can enjoy a variety of tailor-made experiences, led by their team of passionate experts – from daily wine excursions and tours to active itineraries including yoga, cycling and running trails.
As the season changes from autumn to winter, guests can take a wintery walk through the coppery red vines ahead of the team at Troplong Mondot carefully clipping their canes to stimulate the all-important next year’s growth. With sustainability at the heart of their winemaking, the team also utilises the offshoots to create biofuel that powers the chateau, including the guest rooms themselves.
To complement the perfect epicurean break, the estate’s restaurant, Les Belles Perdrix – boasting both a Michelin Star and a coveted Green Star in recognition of their sustainable practises – offers some of the best cuisine in the region, harvesting seasonal produce fresh from the estate including butternut squash, celeriac, green cabbage and cauliflower.
To best discover the exceptional wines savoured throughout a stay at Château Troplong Mondot, guests are invited to explore the terroir aboard a vintage Land Rover, on a private tour that will lead them from breath-taking viewpoints, past the female winegrowers who carefully prune the vines in the winter, to the vast wine cellar. Here the guide will explain the process of winemaking before leading a formal tasting, including several vintages of the estate’s renowned Premier Grand Cru Classé.
The ‘Immersion Tour’ lasts 2 hours 15 minutes and is priced at €450 or €800, according to the vintages selected for the group.
HISTORICAL ST EMILION TOUR
Beyond the walls of the estate and just a short walk away, guests at Chateau Troplong Mondot can experience the unique history and culture of St Émilion on a private immersion tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, guided by a local expert. From learning about the monk responsible for founding the village, to the digging involved in creating the famed monolithic church, guests will be able to explore the town’s charming streets before heading underground to discover four important monuments: the hermitage of Émilion, the Trinity Chapel and its medieval paintings, the catacombs and the underground church.
The “Historical St Emilion Tour’ lasts 2 hours and costs €150 for group +€9 per person for entrance fees.
NEW UNDER 30s OFFER AT MICHELIN STARRED LES BELLES PERDRIX
Michelin-starred Les Belles Perdrix has recently introduced a menu for under-30’s, giving young adults the chance to treat themselves to the area’s finest fare at 50% of the usual price. Chateau Troplong Mondot is the first in the region to introduce such an initiative, which aims to promote accessibility for all, allowing a younger demographic to experience the refined French flavours of this acclaimed chef.
The new menu, available on Wednesdays from November through till March 2023, consists of a four-course set menu and a glass of Château Troplong Mondot for remarkable price of €70 per person.
Rates at The Keys of Troplong Mondot start from €250 (approx. £210) per room, per night on a B&B basis. Château Troplong Mondot is located a 45-minute drive from Bordeaux airport. www.troplong-mondot.com. Chateau Troplong Mondot is a 40-minute drive from Bordeaux airport