The family story at Château Sigalas Rabaud is all about making wine. The estate, which stretches out over 14 acres, is known as the smallest of the 1855 Premiers Crus, and has been devoted to making Sauternes for six generations.
It all started in the Bordeaux vineyards in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in 1863, when Henri de Sigalas purchased Château Rabaud, signalling the beginning of the family's wine business. Although most of the property was sold at the beginning of the 20th century, the charterhouse and upper part of the estate were kept by the descendants. The vines continue to flourish today on this gentle, southward-facing slope thanks to the family’s historical expertise, which is rooted in respect for the soil and biodiversity.
Steeped in tradition, the family spirit that characterises Château Sigalas Rabaud is reflected not just in this charming mecca for Sauternes but also in the warm welcome given to visitors. Oenophiles and the simply curious are encouraged to enjoy an authentic experience as they discover the prestigious cuvées made on the estate. Fun activities are also put on to help you unlock the secrets of making wine the family way: a treasure hunt in the vineyards, a quiz, a sensory workshop for children and a tasting for parents – they’re all on the agenda of this comprehensive introduction to wine-making open to all ages.
Just as the château’s parkland is a real adventure playground, so the property’s magnificent setting invites you to enjoy a spot of relaxation. Under the red parasols on the terrace, it’s great just to allow yourself a little bit of peace and quiet to take in the view with a glass of Sauternes in your hand! At dinner time, the château’s whites reveal all their aromas and subtleties in the pleasant dining room of the seventeenth century charterhouse.
Three fine wines are served to accompany the menu alongside delicate food and wine pairings to the delight of foodies.
If you’d like to extend this easy-living interlude, the estate boasts four comfortable and coquettishly-decorated bedrooms where you can spend the night. In the calm and relaxed atmosphere of the vineyard, the snug family home is the ideal cocoon for recharging your batteries while you’re in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
When you push open the doors of Château Sigalas Rabaud, you discover a wine estate on a human scale, where the family is at the heart of a philosophy that champions the vines as a way of life. You’d be making a mistake if you didn’t savour the experience!
33 210 Bommes
Tel.: +33(0)5 57 31 07 45