Following on from my reply in the current offers thread on Rayne Vigneau. it’s also one of the best Vineyard tours I’ve ever done. Unfortunately Bordeaux is all about the “tour” rather than just visiting these days, but these guys got the balance right between tour and visit. They were also far more generous with the wines (both number of wines tried and pours of those wines, which wasn’t ideal as we were there at 10am!).
They’re kind of aware they should be set up for tourists, and there’s loads of really good artwork dotted around (and for some reason taxidermy birds) but also the tour was given by a very knowledgable and enthusiastic cellar hand.
It’s not the prettiest of vineyards (as when the vineyard was sold, the owners kept the house) but really great insight into a lesser know 1er Cru Sauternes and Sauternes in general.
On the same day we visited Chateau Guiraud which had a nice restaurant (run by the people from Brasserie Bordelais in town) but wasn’t a great tour (and was mean with the tastings were a bit mean). On the way back into town we visited Larrivet Haut-Brion, which was a great tour, but then they just gave us a tiny taste of the 2013 Grand Vin which was predictably unpleasant. The poor woman giving the tour knew this but had clearly been told that’s what they had to give us.