The Experience

Les Sources de Caudalie

Sense of detail and service of a Palace combined with a warm and family atmosphere.

Les Sources de Caudalie, located among the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte, a Graves great growth, was established in 1999. The concept behind Les Sources de Caudalie is inspired by the “French Paradox”, discovered over 20 years ago. It refers to a study proving that the French diet and lifestyle, particularly in Southwest France, is conducive to good health.   Between vineyards and forests, at only 20 minutes from Bordeaux center, the architect Yves Collet created from scratch contemporary buildings from recycled local materials in tune with the surroundings.

Alice and Jérôme Tourbier have managed Les Sources de Caudalie for the past ten years in keeping with the values they hold dear: well-being, generosity, authenticity, high-quality service, and emotion. Welcome to a universe where everything is devoted to nature, taste and senses.  

Welcome to Les Sources de Caudalie *****


The 40 rooms and 9 suites are named and decorated in keeping with different facets of the Aquitaine region.  The five cottages also revolve around the region’s rich, varied culture as reflected in paintings, antiques, and warm-coloured fabrics.



Nicolas Masse initiates you into the secrets of fine food combining flavor, balance and creativity.  Inspired by 18th century ornamental greenhouses, the restaurant La Grand’Vigne invites you to discover a sincere and generous cuisine which evolves with the season. La Grand’Vigne is in a refined setting overlooking a small lake with swans, and it features a small terrace on which enjoy meals, weatherpermitting. The decor and the 18th century fireplace that dominates the dining room recall the various shades of red wine grapes as they ripen in order to create a warm, comfortable ambiance that enhances the pleasure during a romantic dinner, or a business meeting in a private room.  Open Wednesday to Friday from 7 pm to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 pm and from 7pm to 10 pm.


A new adventure. Since July, 2009, Nicolas Masse expresses his talent in the restaurant La Grand’Vigne and won a Michelin star in March 2010.  This 37-year-old Chef accepted a new challenge in the heart of the vineyards, inspired by the terroir-soil of the Grands Crus wineries.  

— His career…

Nicolas Masse comes from Cherbourg where he studied and first worked in Normandy. His road, leading him to prestigious establishments as Landmark in London or The Villa Belrose in the Var, allowed him to develop his own style. During 7 years, he was the Chef at one of the most famous restaurants in Saint Jean de Luz where his work was rewarded by a Michelin star in 2007.

— His cuisine…

Nicolas Masse is famous for making the most of carefully chosen ingredients to produce creative yet traditional dishes. Chef Nicolas Masse has plenty of scope in making the most of local culinary specialties. He regularly meets the people who produce his ingredients, finding inspiration in the alchemy of local flavors, and is equally proficient with seafood and meat-based dishes. Relying on the finest seasonal produce, Nicolas Masse’s deceptively simple cooking highlights the intrinsic flavor of each ingredient. A true professional, the gifted Nicolas Masse creates delicious, well-balanced dishes.LA TABLE DU LAVOIR

La Table du Lavoir serves delicious, unusual, bistro-style food with the finest seasonal products.  In the 19th century, winegrower’s wives would come here to use a wash house that has since been rebuilt stone by stone.  The roof structure was built with 18th century beams recovered from cellars at Château Lafite-Rothschild, and the glass door can be opened, weather permitting to enjoy meals on the covered terrace. Meat roasting in the huge period fireplace releases delicious smells while clients read menus written on antique laundry beaters.

The unmatched cutlery, purchased by weight, sits atop traditional and antique tablecloths. Country-inn open every day from noon to 2pm and from 7pm to 10pm.


The French Paradox Bar opens onto the wine cellar where 1,200 precious bottles are stored. The cozy atmosphere, club armchairs and wooden floor, invite guests to enjoy a great collection of old Armargnacs, Cognacs, Whiskies…

The enchanting Tour de la Dégustation, (“Tasting Tower”) overlooks Les Sources de Caudalie and the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. A lounge with a half-British, half-Cuban feel is the ideal place for relaxing and enjoying the exceptional view of the vineyard.

At Les Sources de Caudalie, bottles are served and appreciated respecting the traditional “French wine-tasting art”. The cellar holds 16,000 bottles from the most attractive wine producing regions in the world. The Head Sommelier Aurélien Farrouil knows every nook and cranny, and monitors the development of each magnificent wine.  Both white and red Graves great growths are served by the glass – a choice of 16 wines, the crème de la crème of this prestigious appellation. The Graves region, the cradle of Bordeaux wine, is famous for its elegant wines. Its crus classés are the quintessence of refinement, and make a perfect accompaniment to subtle cuisine.  Open every day until midnight.



Located in Les Sources de Caudalie, Caudalie’s Vinotherapie® Spa offers a Spa program of exclusive treatments in an environment of rare beauty.   The refined atmosphere of the 22 treatment rooms, the blend of noble materials uniting wood and stone, and the size of the building (2000m²), reminiscent of an old tobacco kiln; all were designed to harmonize perfectly with the great landscape of the vineyards and give the relaxation lounges a distinctive style.  Unique treatments combine the virtues of natural hot spring water drawn from 540 meters beneath the earth – rich in minerals and oligo-elements – with the most recent scientific discoveries of the benefits of the grape and the grapevine.

Hammam, Jacuzzi, in-door swimming pool, relaxation room and solarium overlooking the vineyards.

A la carte Body or facial treatments – Bath, Wraps, Scrubs are also part of the Caudalie Experience.

Day Cures can be booked for two days and more.


Discover the sport activities offered indoors or in the middle of nature – a 25 meters warmed outdoor swimming pool open from May to October, an outdoor Jacuzzi, like an echo to the famous Caudalie bath barrel, the water comes directly from the spring source of warm water located 540m underground, the gym overlooks the vineyards, an outdoor tennis court, bikes are provided to go for a stroll in the forest or to visit the nearby wineries, jogging trail in the private woods, 3 holes Pitch and putt Golf on-site or reservation in one of the 50 Golf of the Aquitaine Region.  You can also rent a typical boat to discover the Arcachon Bay in a unique way.

Other activities include cooking classes, wine tasting classes, wine tours, and more.

Wine is the word at Les Sources de Caudalie. This is, after all, the site of the French skin care line’s first Vinothérapie spa, nestled within the Grand Cru vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. The region’s mineral-rich thermal springs also play a part in the spa’s signature therapies, while its gastronomic heritage is on full display at the Michelin-star La Grand’Vigne restaurant. Most of the 49 individually decorated guestrooms feature a private balcony or terrace. A three-hole golf course, an outdoor pool and a Jacuzzi overlooking a peaceful lake add to the relaxation quotient.
Chef Nicolas Masse offers personalized cooking lessons, while the head sommelier leads wine-tasting classes. Distance from Bordeaux Airport (BOD): 20 minutes Guests Receive:

  • For 2014 & 2015
    • (valid through Junior Suite)
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
    • (valid through Junior Suite)
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Guest’s choice of wine tasting class for two organized
    • independently in Tower of Degustation (or while having dinner in the restaurant) OR a VIP visit for two to Smith Haut Lafitte Castle, its winery, a wine tasting of two Great Growths and visit the owners cellar called Heaven (either option lasts 1hr)
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
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