LES JEUDIS D'EXCEPTION

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Les jeudis d'exception

On Thursdays, push the door of exceptional castles!

 

> Visits Thursdays only at 10:30 am in French.
> The visit is part of the program "The Intimate Wine Route"

 

The Grand Saint-Emilionnais and more particularly the appellation Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux is full of castles with remarkable architecture. This land full of history, where the war of one hundred years ended, houses exceptional castles of of all periods, with unsuspected architectural feats. Dive into the heart of history with these unprecedented visits!

In the Libourne area, it is a family property combining technical know-how and passion that will allow you to discover the family cooperage.

From Saint-Emilion, by minibus, embark with a professional guide for an activity including a visit of a castle with the discovery of its cellars and a tasting of the wines of the property in the company of the owner.

Château Haut-Goujon & la Tonnellerie Darnajou 
Visit Thursday 11th May, 8th June & the 6th July 

 

The winemaker Mickaël Garde welcomes you to Château Haut-Goujon. Visit the artisan cooperage of his cousin Vincent Darnajou to see the manufacture of barrels. In the center of the workshop where craftsmen work, listen to crackle the fire, smell the woody aromas that emanate from the heater, touch the grains of the wood.

Back at Château Haut-Goujon, discover its new wine cellar, barrel winery and reception room. In the company of Mickaël, finally taste the wines he vinifies in the Darnajou barrels, including his famous Creative Cuvées, a one-off in Lalande de Pomerol.

 

Château La Pierrière 
Visit Thursday 4th May, 29th June, 27th July, 3rd August, 24 August and 7th September

The oldest part of Château La Pierrière was built at the end of the 13th century by the lord Izambert. It was later enlarged by François de Lageard and completed in 1865 by Leonard de Lageard who had a round tower built for his granddaughter. Inherited by the women, La Pierrière arrived in the hands of the Marcillac family in 1930.

The vines, mainly of Merlot and Cabernet Francs and Sauvignon, flourish on clayey-limestone soil with characteristics close to those of Saint-Émilion.

Château Monbadon
Visit Thursday 18th May, 15th June, 13th July, 10th August and 14th September

The Château de Monbadon is one of the last surviving examples of medieval military architecture in the Gironde. It was indeed at the beginning of the Hundred Years' War on April 24th, 1330, that Edward III, gave "license" to Indie de Monbadon to fortify this advanced post of Guyenne in order to supervise the valleys of The Isle and the Dordogne.

The 25-hectare vineyard is located for the most part on a clayey-limestone plateau in the rocky subsoil whose altitude is 109 meters above sea level.

 

Château Pitray
Visite les jeudis 1er juin, 22 juin, 20 juillet, 17 août et 31 août

 

For nearly six hundred years the same family has been farming the land of Pitray and its vineyard. Under the Second Empire, General de Simard de Pitray had the present castle erected by the Bordeaux architect Blaquières. This impressive Gothic-Renaissance building in the style of Viollet-le-Duc is surrounded by a park where centuries-old oaks and cedars dominate.

The vineyard of Pitray, on the clayey-limestone plateau of Gardegan, facing south and 8 km as the crow flies from the bell tower of Saint Emilion, consists of merlot (75%) and cabernet franc (25%).

 

Practical info

  • Every Thursday from May 4th to September 14th (except on May 25th)

  • Visit only in french

  • From 1 to 8 people maximum (only for adults)

  • 22€

  • 40€

  • End of ticket sales 5 minutes before the tour

  • 44°53'36.960"N 0°9'22.673"W // 44.8936 -0.156298

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