Relatively secluded, surrounded by its vines, in a place far from the worries of the outside world, Château Belles-Graves is a small glimpse of what one person’s paradise might be like. Idyllic pastures, vineyards, and gardens decorate the landscape, and the focal point is a beautifully-tended labyrinth made of vines in the gardens of the château. Moreover, the property is rich with history: the vineyards here date to at least the 16th century, when they first appeared on a map of the region, and the building’s edifice as we know it today dates back to the 18th century, before the French Revolution. Though the ownership has changed several times, the old Domaine du Drouilleau, as it was once known, finally settled in the hands of Jean and Hermine Theallet in 1938. Until his death in 1997, Jean’s first cousin, the famed explorer Jacques Cousteau, would visit each year to taste the new vintage before resuming his travels out at sea. It is the Theallets’ grandson, Xavier Piton, who runs the seventeen-hectare estate today and receives guests at the château’s highly-recommended chambres d’hôtes. Keep it in mind for your next vacation.
The reputation of Château St. Mary dates back centuries,already in 1874 the Feret quoted Sainte Marie with production of 8 tons in red and white. Although the Abbey of La Sauve Majeure (one of the oldest abbeys in France, located 4 km from the castle), this mansion was plagued by a fire in the 18th century. The four centuries-old redwoods are the last living witnesses of the time of Montaigne and long voyages. Located in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers, Saint Maryenjoys an optimal location. The islands stretch ideally exposed on two perfectly sunny hills, among the highest points of the Gironde. Old vines to yield quality, with a parcel of Semillon and Merlot from more than 100 years guarantee a production still more qualitative. Since 1956, Dupuch Mondon property leads with passion and determination and a special appreciation to the character and the originality of its soils.
The family property of the domaine du Château de Lagarde has been built up over the years by successive generations.Today, in order to look after our heritage, we propose to carry on using a special mixture of ancestral tradition and the most efficient technology.
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