Our chateaux in ST Emilion

Château la Rivière, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
Château la Rivière, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

In the spring of 769, Charlemagne was finishing his conquest of Aquitaine, he established a fortified camp at the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers. The young Emperor was the first person to build a fortress on this site, it was built on the remains of a Gallo-Roman burial mound. As of the 12th century - and for the following 5 centuries - De L'Isle family were lords and masters of La Rivière. Gaston de L'Isle, Mayor of Bordeaux, built the present château in 1553, and the main part was completed in 1577. There were a great many different owners, during the XIX and XX century. James Gregory is now the new owner, he seeks to perpetuate the tradition of excellence of the wines made on the lands of La Rivière.

Château du Gaby, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
Château du Gaby, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

Chateau du Gaby is a stunning, historic chateau perched on top of a sloping limestone plateau and facing south over the river Dordogne. The chateau is surrounded by its own park and 16 hectares of rolling vineyards where low wooded hills and the lazy meanderings of the Dordogne meet. Lovingly restored, the interior of the chateau reflects the beauty of Bordeaux's prettiest countryside in which it is located.

Château de Faugères, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
Château de Faugères, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

In 1823, the Esquissaud family acquired the estates of Châteaux Faugères and Péby Faugères. 1987: The land was inherited by Pierre-Bernard Guisez. Up to then, all the wine produced had been sold to a single local merchant. P. Guisez and his wife Corinne wanted to become more involved in the vineyards, setting out on a quest for the finest quality. Their wish was to see these exquisite terroirs become jewels in the crown of the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation, a desire that was to be fulfilled in a short time with the help of Michel Rolland. Silvio Denz is passionate about art and in particular René Lalique's creations. When he acquired Château Faugères in march 2005, he decided to rely on the exceptional clay and limestone soil to take the Château Faugères wines to the heights, continuing the quest for quality and allowing the great Faugères terroirs to express themselves to the full.

Château de Ferrand, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
Château de Ferrand, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

Located in the Saint-Hippolyte commune, the Château was built during the reign of Louis XIV. It was purchased by Baron Bich in 1978 and it is now the property of his children. The wines of Château de Ferrand express fully the richness, the generosity and the complexity of its terroir. The requirement for quality, as well as the respect of the wine lovers are the basis of the Château de Ferrand philosophy, which offers mature (minimum of 5 years) Bordeaux wines suitable for further aging under the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation.

Château Siaurac, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
Château Siaurac, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

The château Siaurac dates back from the 18th and the 19th centuries. Being the biggest property on the A.O.C. (Appellation of Controlled Origin) Lalande de Pomerol, with its 46 ha (115 acres) of vineyards, its wines are awarded by gold medals and European wine critics. The property has belonged to the same family since 1832, who owns also two other famous estates on the right river bank of Bordeaux: chateau le Prieuré, a Great Classified Growth from Saint-Emilion and the Chateau Vray Croix de Gay in Pomerol. The 19th century park of 15 ha (37, 5 acres) is very rare in this region where vines are queens. Left at a wild stage in opposition to the carefully tended vineyard, this parc hold magnificent trees of a few hundred years old. You will be welcomed by Madam the Baronness Guichard, who will be delighted to let you discover her property as well as her house and her wines, of course!

Château Soutard, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
Château Soutard, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

Acquired in 2006 by the insurance company AG2R La Mondiale,which already owned the adjacent estates of Château Larmande (Grand Cru Classé) and Château Grand Faurie La Rose (Grand Cru), Château Soutard Overlooked by the bell tower of Saint-Émilion church, Château Soutard rejoices in its glorious past while at the same time asserting a true spirit of modernity. Its wines reflect this, possessing a unique style that echoes the formidable potential of the limestone plateau. Situated on a unique limestone plateau where all the Saint-Émilion grands crus are grown.

 

Soutard is a 35 hectares estate of which 30 hectares are under vine. Château Soutard uses traditional, reasoned methods according to the nature of the plot, the soil, the grape variety, the rootstock, the age of the vine, etc.

Château Troplong Mondot, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
Château Troplong Mondot, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
The Château has been built in the 17th century by the Abbot Raymond de Sèze whose family was one of the most prestigious of Bordeaux. At the time, the property was only called Mondot.
Château de Sales, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Bordeaux
Château de Sales, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Bordeaux

This house is from the 16th beginnings 17th  century. This type of house will be named in 18th century "Chartreuse" (house with main floor and in d front a square). Chateau de Sales is in the same family till 1464, so 549 years of familiar succession. It is pass by weddings: Bertrand de Sauvanelle, aux Desyagues, de Laage de Meux et actually de Lambert. The vineyards sizes a 90 hectares

Château de Reignac, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
Château de Reignac, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

The beautiful Château de Reignac surrounded by its 80 hectares of vines was built at the 16th century by the Lord Baude de Peyron. Situated in the region Entre-deux-mers, its soil enjoys/benefits from the best particularities of the left and the right bank. Over the centuries, the Château undergoes several improvements such as the court of honor and the greenhouse constructed by Gustave Eiffel in the 18th and 19th centuries. Then, the dovecote has been renovated in 1998 and is used, now, as a tasting place.
In 1990, the property has been bought by Yves and Stéphanie Vatelot who called on Michel Rolland, the well-known wine expert. When they purchased the Château, there was only one wine, Le Château de Reignac. Since then, the new owners created three new cuvées: Grand Vin de Reignac (which is their premium wine), Reignac Blanc (a mix of all the best kind of grapes in the region) and Bathus (a special cuvee composed exclusively with Merlot).
In 1996 and 2000, the property's wine has been graded with 90 and 92/100 by the famous critic, Robert Parker.

Chateau Clos Fourtet, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
Chateau Clos Fourtet, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

Built in the Middle-Age era, Le Camp Fourtet served at this period as a fortified place to protect the village of Saint Emilion. In the 18th century, the current structure has been edified in the same architectural style than the others vineyards of that time.
The surrounding walls have been preserved, and the estate is now called Clos Fourtet.
Constituted by 20 ha of vignes and an argilo-calcareous soil, the Château have an international acknowledgment since its ranking for Saint Emilion First Growth in 2006.

Château de Pitray, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
Château de Pitray, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

Built in the 15th century, the Château de Pitray became in the 17th century the Ségur family's property, which one has been transmitted for 600 years from generation to generation. In the 17th, the only daughter of Monsieur de Ségur got married with Elie de Simard and took up the reins again of the Château. In the 19th century, this is General de Simard de PItray who has the current structure built, a gothic-renaissance style's building.
Besides of its 37ha of vines, essentially Merlot and Cabernet franc, he has an extraordinary park composed by centenary trees and a bed and breakfast accommodation.