- 3 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- 6 habitable rooms
- 149 square meters of living space
- 1295 square meters of surface of the outbuildings
This chateau stands amidst the vines in the Sauternes wine region, on the left bank of the river Garonne, 40 minutes from Bordeaux, in an area lulled by the proximity of the river Ciron and its gentle waves. A train station, less than 5 km away, has ten trains to Bordeaux per day. All shops and amenities are 5 minutes away by car in the nearby villages.
Standing on a slight knoll probably once a medieval motte, this chateau dominates its 15 hectares of land. The estate is entered through a gateway without fencing via a little road bordering the vines. All the buildings are set out around a little square, the size of which evokes the presence of very old constructions. A little house in the vines, spanning approx. 35 m², welcomes visitors by following the alignment of the trees. The main, 19th century house, spanning approx. 150 m², stands on the left-hand side of this square. It is flanked by two towers, reflecting the appearance of traditional chateaux. Partially renovated wine storehouses, spanning approx. 1,295 m², stand facing the main house.
The main house
This main house, facing north-west and south-east, has a dominant view over the vines. A one storey building, it is flanked by two ivy-covered towers. An awning on the courtyard side forms a shady entrance providing access to both ends of the building and the central entrance door. Double moulded doors, on the left-hand side, open into a bright, 29 m² lounge, with its 19th century ceramic wood-burning storage heater. It is followed by a kitchen, with a rustic stone fireplace and a cooking range in one of the towers, as well as a storeroom.
A corridor, on the right-hand side of the entrance, leads to three bedrooms, one of which spans 29 m². There are also a toilet, two bathrooms, one of which is most unusual as it is laid out in the other round tower, and a 10 m² study. The floors are covered with tiles or carpet. A heat pump installed in 2012 provides the heating.
In line with this main building and facing the plane trees is a round, battlemented tower, the origins of which date back to the 15th century. These buildings are grouped such that a village square in the south of France springs to mind.
The vine-growers’ house
This house, once home to farm labourers, is built of brick and stone in a style typical of the Arcachon area. It stands just a short distance from the main residence and is reached via a little porch way. Comprising two rooms looking widely out over the countryside, it awaits full renovation works.
The wine storehouse and wine-making facilities
The building used for wine-making is laid out in an L-shape. One of its wings faces the main residence, creating a pleasantly sized outside area. It houses an upstairs awaiting conversion and numerous rooms used for farming purposes which could be reorganised: storage rooms, wine storehouses and a reception area, spanning approx. 300 m². The wing set at right angles and its long facade house a large wine storehouse with vats and other rooms, all renovated around 2012. It comprises a floor surface area of more than 700 m². There is also a 130 m² farm shed for storing farming equipment and a 90 m² awning.
This working vineyard extends over 15 hectares.
Barsac AOC appellation.
The soil is a combination of alluvium from the Garonne and a sand-gravel mix on limestone subsoil.
The white wine vine stock comprises:
The density of the plantations is 7,140 stock per hectare.
Wine production is 190 hectolitres per year which is approx. 23,000 bottles.
The proximity of Bordeaux, the quality of the land and the probable age of the residence, given its dominant position, are the property’s main assets. A great deal of its charm also comes from its well-organised layout, enhanced by the sound proportions of the facades, making the central courtyard an authentic reception area. Whilst the renovated wine storehouses are ready and waiting for production to continue. In addition to the current residence, this property exudes great conversion potential which will require major works, a cost that has been taken into account in the asking price. This little fiefdom can but be appreciated to the full.
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