Château de Montaigne is worth a detour, especially if you need a little break from the wine tastings, that Bordeaux is so known for. The 14th century castle is nestled deep in the countryside near Bergerac and Saint-Émilion and was once the residence of Michel de Montaigne, one of France's most important, early philosophers. If you haven't heard of him, he is the one you may (or may not) thank for making essays popular as a literary genre.
Both the castle and the tower, to which Michel de Montaigne retreated in his later years, can be visited. If you have time constraints, chose the tower. Michel de Montaigne wrote his enlightened essays here, and it is the only structure on the grounds left from the 16th century. The tour will inform you about the philosopher and thinker, who sarcastically coined the phrase: 'que sais-je', what do I know?
And bien sûr, if you can't stay away from wine too long – tastings are naturally available at the château, as well.
General information is available on the website.
Please note that ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOURS need to be reserved.