Arriving at Chateau Guiraud via the long tree-lined drive is a sure way of leaving behind your everyday reality.
The further you go up the drive, the more you are calmed by the arch of plane trees, accompanied by the instinctive desire to slow down to fully appreciate the approach to the chateau.
The buildings at the end of the path are beautifully simple and discrete.
However, at this point, it is still hard to believe you are arriving at Chateau Guiraud in Sauternes, classified a first growth in the 1855 classification.
Surronded by vines and trees, it seems as though the estate is cut off from the rest of the world.
You need to go close to the cellars to be able to view the wild open countryside and glimpse the steeple in the village of Sauternes below.