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A unique location

The twelfth century winery buildings

Ever since the twelfth century, the monks of Cîteaux have cultivated the vines, selected the young vines, and constantly improved the pruning and growing methods. In order to do so, buildings were constructed on the domain.

The cellar and vat house complemented each other perfectly. Built to house more than 2000 casks, the cellar dates from the middle of the twelfth century and has eight stone pillars including two monoliths, supporting the ceiling. Several main beams were replaced in 1947. Situated on ground level, but well protected from air and light, the cellar and the vat house are both models of architecture and form a cloister (four 30m by 10m galleries around a small central courtyard) with four enormous oak wine presses. Part of the vat house dates from the twelfth century, others date from earlier centuries.

In the centre of the little courtyard, the Porteur de Benaton can be found, work of the famous Burgundy sculptor, Henri Bouchard de l'Institut (1875 - 1961).

 

bird view of the Chateauporteur de benaton

A Renaissance residence

ancienne cuisine

The château was later added to the farm buildings in 1551, by Dom Jean Loisier, 48th abbot of Cîteaux.

Following the work of Henri II in the Louvre, it has square towers reminiscent of the middle ages and an entrance characteristic of the Renaissance.

Abandoned for most of the nineteenth century, the Château was bought and restored from 1891 by a wine merchant, Léonce Bocquet; the architect, Félix Vionnois, managed the long and expensive restoration works, which although being distinctive of the 1900's saved the Château from abandon.

Badly damaged during the Second World War, the Château was patiently and lovingly restored over the years by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin and their numerous friends.

 

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