Situated just 1km from the picturesque village of St Emilion and under the shade of two majestic cedar trees, Chateau Franc Mayne sits back from the road with stunning views over its seven hectares of vineyards. A St Emilion Grand Cru Classe, the Chateau prides itself on working in close harmony with nature and the environment.
Chateau Franc Mayne is blessed with an exceptionally diverse terroir and now with impetus from its new owner and director, the Franc Mayne team is creating a wine which draws subtlety on this richness to reveal its exceptional qualities and unique character.
The Guest House, in the heart of the vineyard
The Relais Franc Mayne adjoins and is very much part of the winery. Built as a family residence in the 18th century and set amongst the vineyards, the guest house is both elegant and authentic. Surrounded by hundred-year old trees and its beautiful gardens, the property breathes calmness and tranquillity.
Completely refurbished in Spring 2019 and in keeping with its style and character, the Relais’ five rooms are comfortable and stylish. One of the rooms is a tree cabin perched in one of the magnificent cedar trees and offers amazing views over the vineyards and surrounding countryside.
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Relax in the comfortable sitting room, on the terrace or have a game of snooker in the billiard room. Be tempted to take a refreshing dip in the natural swimming pool which blends in beautifully with the gardens.
Not only is the Relais a place to relax and unwind, it is also the perfect place to learn more about wine. A guided tour of the Chateau will give you a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes to produce the distinctive Chateau Franc Mayne wines.
The property, a real gem for wine enthusiasts to discover
The guided visit will give you a chance to discover the Chateau’s history, its terroir and to learn what gives Chateau Franc Mayne’s wines their distinctive characteristics while at the same time enjoying being immersed in a UNESCO heritage site.
After a visit of the vats and the vineyard, the tour continues through the underground galleries. These ancient limestone quarries which are characteristic of the area, wind back and forth over two hectares and are used to stock the barrels during the ageing phase in the wine making process.
Before finishing the visit with a wine tasting, a short detour takes you to see an old staging post dating back to the 16th century which lies on the original Camino de Santiago pilgrim route.