In 1997, on one of my numerous journeys around France, I fell
head over heels in love with the old abandoned château
in the little village of Monestier.
This fine building, previously
destroyed by fire, stood in a charming, almost magical place.
Being a lover of art and French culture, I eagerly began to
restore this home with the greatest of pleasure and respect.
A run-down vineyard surrounded the estate.
The terroirs there
were excellent and had been recognised as such for centuries.
Having a passion for wine, I set about breathing life back
into those forgotten vines.
origins of the château go back many years.
Capitainerie founded in the 13th century to guard the valley,
was partly destroyed during the One Hundred Years War.
next owners eagerly rebuilt it.
The remains of the 13th
century mingle with elements from the Renaissance period.
The façade was rebuilt in the 17th century
and the tower in the 19th century, according to Voillet
History is just an eternal re-beginning!
vineyard is made up of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet
Sauvignon and Malbec for the red wine; and Sémillon,
Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle for the white.
are cultivated with the utmost respect for their eco-system.
soil is ploughed so as to favour the natural development
of flora and fauna.
Adopting a largely hands-off approach
to vine-growing, we allow the vines to express themselves
so that the grapes can display the whole character of their