Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Bordeaux Château - Château Giscours

Château Giscours is a magnificent stately building and can be dated to 1330 as a deed from that time refers to it with a fortified keep. Records of Château Giscours' vineyards go back to 1552 and Louis XIV was said to have enjoyed its wines. The Château is located in the commune of Labarde and is one of the largest Margaux properties. It's near the Bordeaux wine route and is worth taking a detour as it is a really impressive sight.

The Château that we see today was built by the Count de Pescatore, a great Parisian banker, in 1847 in order to receive the Empress Eugénie (France's last Empress and wife of Prince Louis Napoleon). The estate was purchased by Nicolas Tari after the Second World War – who was one of the 11 judges to take part in the historic Judgement of Paris wine competition in 1976. The château is the home of Bordeaux Cricket Club and is also open to the public with a bed and breakfast, shop and vast exhibition areas, with terraces, hall rooms, and of tasting rooms. It has 198 acres of vines and a 740 acre nature reserve made up of century-old poplar trees, grassland and ponds.

I hope this has given you an insight into the beautiful buildings and places where these wonderful wines have been made!

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