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“illuminated cave, wine tasting and passion for the region”
Review of The Wine Buff

The Wine Buff
Ranked #1 of 23 Shopping in Saint-Emilion
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Wine Buff Experience enhances your visit to this amazing Unesco Heritage Site. Paddy O' Flynn, owner of The Wine Buff Experience, has resided in St Emilion for over 30 years, Paddy also owns his own vineyard in the region, and founded The Wine Buff®, Ireland's premium wine supplier. Our principal activities are producing, and sourcing, artisanal wines from trusted vineyards. We demystify wine within the walls of our 13th century monolithic cellar. In addition to our wine tasting experience, we serve gourmand Tapas in our secluded courtyard. Pilar Manzano Sanchez-Ocana, our resident Oenologist/Biologist, selects the most prestigious Jamon Iberico, caviar, artisanal foie gras, artisanal pate de Campagne and delicious cheeses to further educate/challenge your palate.
Reviewed 31 May 2018

In the wonderous Saint-Emilion, we came across the owners of The Wine Buff. Soon we were swooned with Paddy and Pilar's passion for the region. Our gradual cultivation began with various wine tastings which took place in the illuminated cave found at the rear of the premise. An experience not to be missed. The cases arrived safe and sound within a few days of our return to Ireland. Á Votre Santé!

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TheWineBuffStEmilion, Owner at The Wine Buff, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

Thank you guys for your wonderful review, it was a real pleasure having you here with us in St Emilion. Thank you George for the confidence, and willingness, you showed in researching the wines of our region. Pilar and I are delighted that you have found red wines you actually enjoy drinking. Enjoy your wines.

Cheers, Paddy & Pi

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Ok place to stop in for education of local wines. The tasting itself was comprised of young wines from lesser estates.

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TheWineBuffStEmilion, Owner at The Wine Buff, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Thank you for your visit Tim and also for your very positive comment on my hosting prowess.

I am struggling to respect your comment regarding our wines; wine is subjective and you absolutely have a right to your own opinion. However, your wife expressed her appreciation for our wines, and even commented on the fact that, for the first time, two wines actually gave her goosebumps!

In the past, I too believed that the only wines worth drinking were the top end wines, so much so, that in one day, friends and I, drank wine valued well in excess of €100,000.
Amongst the wines we drank, were the
Mouton Rothschild 1945,1947 & 1959,
Haut Brion 1945, 1947 & 1959,
Lafleur Pomerol 1975,
Petrus 1961, 1982,
Le Pin 1982, 1990
Cheval Blanc 1945, 1947
Latour 1961, 1982

Today, after 30 years experience of living in St Emilion, and getting to know and understand the region and it’s wines, I can safely say that the “lesser” wines you refer to Tim, compete very favourably with those exorbitantly expensive wines I still love to enjoy on a very regular basis. I resolved to be open minded in order to evolve, something you really should try Tim.

Our selection of small, independent, artisanal wineries, has proven extremely successful for our 16 Wine Buff stores over the past 18 years.

Please excuse me if I find your comment misplaced.

Cheers, Paddy

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

We had a wonderful visit to The Wine Buff in St. Emilion where we met Paddy O'Flynn and his wife Pillar. It had been recommended by another couple during our vacation while in Spain before we shifted to France. We were only planning to stop in for a wine tasting but ended up spending 2 hours learning about wine and having a great time sipping various Bordeaux varietals. Paddy and Pillar are excellent hosts. We bought a case and it arrived back in California within the week. Cheers!

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TheWineBuffStEmilion, Owner at The Wine Buff, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2018

Thank you your very positive review Richard, it was a real pleasure meeting Cathy and your good self in The Wine Buff. Delighted you both enjoyed the experience and thank you for including us in your itinerary. I was talking to my sister Grainne, Le Grainne Cafe in Chelsea NY, about your brother. If ever he has the opportunity to visit her restaurant please have him ask for Grainne.
Enjoy your wines and ‘till we meet again.

Cheers, P & P

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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

Saw the sign Paddy O'Flynn and had to pop in as our eldest son is named Padrig Flynn. Spent a great afternoon wine tasting and listening to Paddy's passionate love for the land and the wine that comes from it.The craic was 90 meeting up with couples from Oz. and America. A recommended experience and haven out of the hustle and bustle of St.Emilion. The Sancerre and Margauix was sublime. Truly extraordinary wines at ordinary prices and a must see for the traveller to the town.

Thank Gerald F
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TheWineBuffStEmilion, Owner at The Wine Buff, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2018

Thank you for this fabulous review Gerald, we had a really fun time with Briege and yourself in The Wine Buff.
Ciaran is playing the French semifinal today, it promises to be a cracker.
Enjoy your wines and we hope to see you both back here again sometime.

Cheers. P & P

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Make it The Wine Buff, you wont be disappointed. The highlight of or visit to St Emilion spent with our host Pillar discusing and tasting exceptional wines.

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TheWineBuffStEmilion, Manager at The Wine Buff, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

It was a real pleasure Scott and thank you for your fabulous review. Pilar

Sorry to have missed you Scott, I would have enjoyed talking about our last encounter in Chicago! It didn’t go unnoticed ye swept up O’Gara soon after.
Jokes aside, Pilar really enjoyed your company and hopes you both have a fabulous trip to Spain.

Cheers, Pilar & Paddy

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