Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Chateau du Bouilh, Saint-André-de-Cubzac (1)

This unassuming ghost sign on the side of the Route départementale 115 a couple of kilometres to the northwest of Saint-André-de-Cubzac invites tourists to turn left for a wine tasting session at the Château du Bouilh. The 48-ha vineyard produces a Bordeaux Supérieur.

However most people head towards the Château du Bouilh not so much for the wine but to discover one of Victor Louis's masterpieces. In 1786 Jean-Frédéric de La Tour du Pin Gouvernet, lieutenant general of the armies of king Louis XVI, contracted the famous architect of the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux to build a castle fit to receive the king. Victor Louis's neo-classical design included two corps de logis linked by a semi-elliptical gallery. Unfortunately only the gallery and the western corps de logis were ever completed. Work stopped in 1789 after de La Tour du Pin Gouvernet was appointed minister of war. Four years later, following the trial and execution of Marie-Antoinette in favour of whom he had testified, he was guillotined.
For some photos, see the second post about the Château du Bouilh.

Chateau du Bouilh
Vinsà 500 m
Dégustation - Vente

Location: Route du Bouilh, Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde / Pictures taken in May 2012

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