20+ years of building relationships with some of Bordeaux’s finest producers. This translates to hidden gems you typically can’t find outside Bordeaux, at very reasonable rates.
From premiere Grand Cru Chateau to the local 2 hectare producers, we are proud to feature a widely diverse selection of truly memorable wines. Stop by and grab a glass for a tasting. Enjoy sitting outside on our patio, with a plate of local charcuterie.
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Coincidence brought me, Leslie Kellen, a South African visionary entrepreneur, to Blaye where I instantly fell in love with a perfectly positioned “maison de maitre” overlooking the Gironde River: The Villa Saint Simon guest house dream was born! My innate passion for people and the French culture together with my deep knowledge of wine enabled me to create an environment that attracts people from all over the world. The experiences made, transcends classical tourism to meaningful encounters and lifelong connections.
Then the day came when I met my enchanting German wife, the artist and interior designer, Clarissa, and together our visions soared to new heights.
As a power duo we took the oldest trade road in Blaye, Rue St Simon, and started converting existing historical buildings into apartments, art studios, vintage garages, event and exhibition spaces, underground cellars and the latest edition, the Etalon Rouge Winery. We also created our own wine bar, La Petite Cave, where some of the most magical memories are created!
FOUNDER, WINE EDUCATOR AND WINE JUDGE
« I have been tasting, teaching and judging wine for the last 45 years. In these times I fully agree with W.B.Yeats: Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die… »
PROJECT MANAGER, ARTIST & WINE MAKER
« Wine is art in a bottle! I am passionate about producing our wine, ETALON ROUGE, and being an artist. Both, wine and art, bring people together, and create inspiring communities! »