Le Château De Monbazillac.

Part One

This Château and vineyard is one of our favourite places to visit. So it was a real pleasure to show our friend around while she was here on holiday a few weeks ago.

Listed as an historical monument it dates back to the 16th Century where it was built in the Renaissance style. Set in a woodland with magnificent vistas across the valley. 3500 hectares of vines produce in my view pure nectar, sweet and dessert white wines. Which of course can be sampled in the wine shop before… and perhaps after… your visit to Le Château De Monbazillac.

Michelle and I all ready for the visit.
 

The architecture is a mix of traditional and defence style, towers, parapet walk, battlements, moat, cannon and the start of Renaissance art in the form of wide windows, mullion windows, fixed bridge, grand interior staircase and of course the layout of the rooms.
 

The Château and its vines have been the property of Monbazillac Cooperative Winery since 1960. Before that the château was handed down from mother to child (or nephew) and has been sold six times since the 16th Century.
 

Coat of Arms Tower is represented by the successive owners of the Château. From the family that initially bequeathed the land for the construction of the Château to the last lords of the viscountcy.
 

The Grand Salon. The Renaissance fireplace was decorated in 1929 with heraldic sculptures.
 

A Harry Potter moment! In other words the bottle room. 7,000 bottles of Monbazillac from the 2002 and 2004 vintages are presented on the walls giving the walls a gorgeous golden glow. The display case shows the changes of bottle shape over the years.
 

The Dutch brand display case contains vintages of Monbazillac wine. The map by Belleyme (who surveyed the region from 1761 to 1774).
The spelling of the name was how my ancestors spelled their surname, an ancestral relative perhaps?. The Belleyme’s originated from Northern France, and owned the area now known as Belléme. A future blog I think.
 

Part Two blog will cover a fascinating person called Jean-Sully Mounet.
 
 

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The Grand Opening of the Expo Art Plastique in Daglan.

What a joy it was to be invited to the Grand Opening of the Art Exhibition in Daglan last Saturday. Which will run from 11am to 6pm very day until 8th July at the Salle des Fêtes.

Paul and I love art and it was a great pleasure to take our friend Michelle (who is staying with us for a holiday) along to see the local works of art on display.

First the speeches welcoming everyone to the art exhibition.

Here are just a few of the works on display to temp you to come along and see for yourself and maybe to buy one or two.
This one is the most expensive at 4000 €, but you can buy art work from as little as one or two hundred euros.
 

Here are just a selection.


 

Very tempted with the two paintings above.
 

You can just imagine Audrey Hepburn in the above picture.
 

Not only paintings but some gorgeous sculptures too.
 

This one had to be my favourite. Just look at that face.
 
 

Our new pet – Angus!

At first Angel sniffed, then gave it a nudge to no avail and finally sat beside it for at least an hour before walking away.

We have named our new pet Angus for reasons which will become apparent with my explanation.

Our good friends Sherry and Angus are going on a new adventure to Scotland, unfortunately a few of their belongings need to stay here in Daglan. One of which is our new pet and some of their gorgeous plants in tubs.

So firstly I need to say thank you so much for the plants, our stone pet but most of all for being our friends over the past few years. You guys have been so supportive, so uplifting when I have been down. You two are special people who will be very missed.

“Oh who are you and I do hope that you do not like cat food”!

 

Looking good with the new baskets and trees.

 

Sherry, Angus and Paul enjoying breakfast at the Boulangerie in Daglan.

 
 

Event:- Art Exhibition from the 24th June to the 8th July at the Salle des Fêtes in Daglan.

 
 

New Gems for Sarlat.

I never get tied of taking a picture of the stunning architecture around Sarlat Medieval Quarter and this sunny morning was no exception. The square was beginning to come alive for the tourist season with huge parasols welcoming people to sit down, have a rest, drink coffee or delicious hot chocolate and take in the sights.

Medieval Quarter.
 

A sculptor has opened a shop to show his art so take a walk inside and look at the many exhibits, they are very good so you may be tempted to buy a few.
 

This shop is full of witches, trolls, dragons and of course ducks!
 

If you like olives this is the place. Yummy.
 

All the artisan cheese you could ever wish for, plus a good selection of wine. They even have truffle cheese which you can taste before you buy.
 

Walk down any street in old Sarlat and you will find interesting buildings dating back to ancient times. On the monumental portal, an inscription in Latin signifying: “May God watch you enter and exit”. (Psalm)
 

A new leather goods store selling all hand made items. I particularly like the handbags.
 
 

Events:

Put on your dancing shoes for this event in Sarlat.
 

Also, do you own a Château?

Do you own and run your own French Château? Or are you planning to buy one with renovation in mind? Kindling Media would like to talk to British Château owners about a potential series of Escape to the Château DIY, with Dick and Angel Stawbridge. Which will be filmed and shown on British television.
If you are interested please email info@kindlingmedia.tv with your contact details and write a few lines about your story.
 
 

Nouveau Sculpture Extraordinaire

As you enter Daglan village from the South or by way of the bridge over the River Céou look to your left as you pass the vines and you will see the latest sculpture by M. Lau. Dussol.

A superb work, on one side of the tree is carved an elderly man with his dog collecting truffles
 

The other side depicts a lady in traditional dress carrying her basket.
 

Other works by the same artist are sited in front of the library …

… and in the school play ground.
The Maire M. Pascal Dussol and myself by the beautiful totem pole.