its wine, one of the best in the Savoy region, is served at local Michelin-starred restaurants
At the crossroads of the Alps and the Jura massif, and as a backdrop, a mound traces the first alpine range. The chateau and its wine estate, at its foot, dominates the Rhone valley. The property is located at an altitude of 350m and surrounded by hilly and small valley landscapes from south to north. Laden with history, the chateau reminds us of the past of the Duchy of Savoy before its annexation to France in 1860 under the Second Empire. No visual nuisance upsets the surrounding rural setting here.
Ideally located just an hour from Lyon Saint-Exupery airport, thirty minutes from Chambery and an hour and fifteen minutes from Geneva, the chateau is also just a few minutes from a village providing a full range of amenities and services.
The property spans approx. 635 m2 of living space and approx. twelve hectares of land recorded in the Land Registry.
The first stones were laid in 13th century and renovation works were undertaken in 1625. A local noble family commissioned it to be built and it remained in the family until the French Revolution. Thereafter it was owned by a succession of families. The current owner acquired the property in a pitiful state but has restored it to its former glory courtesy of complete restoration works in keeping with the original architecture. Everything has been carefully thought out and today it offers luxury and modern-day comforts. The chateau takes the form of a main building flanked by two wings to the south and the north. The 15th century mullioned windows on the west facade let in the setting sun.
A renaissance stone staircase leads up to the upper floors. All the inside walls have been restored using a natural hemp-lime insulation. Outside the stone quoins, arches and window framings are enhanced. All the fireplaces and chimney flues have been restored and are in working order. The roof frameworks, flat-tiles and zinc work were replaced in 2012. The heat-pump heating system uses water from the catchment of surface waters from 3 600 m2 of grasslands.
On one side of the gallery, the small chapel has been restored very simply, the high stone walls are enhanced by the reduced floor surface and white cross-ribbed ceiling. Two stained-glass windows were made by a master glassmaker.
From the courtyard, on the east side, several doors provide access to the chateau. The one under the porch leads into a small dining room and small kitchen to the north; the one opening onto the Renaissance staircase links the cellars to the living quarters and kitchen to the south. The floor of the latter is made of stone and two through-archways separate the fitted kitchen from the eating area, a central island bringing them together. After a few steps one reaches the south-facing dining room. The Hungarian stitch parquet flooring, white French ceiling and light coloured lime-rendered walls increase the impression of space. The stone fireplace is impressive. Following on, a study has been set up in the tower.
A door opens into a baroque-style lounge. It is a reminder that the Savoy region was once Italian, it features all the dramatic and exuberant decorative ornaments of this style. A frieze, trompe-l’oeil echoing the motifs of a 15th century French painted ceiling that runs around the dark terracotta coloured lime-rendered walls separating the lower sections from the higher ones. The Versailles parquet floors blend in perfectly with these warm colours. The large stone fireplace fits in here beautifully too.
To the back of the room, another door opens into the small dining room and small kitchen in the northern tower.
It is divided into two large bedrooms both with their own bathroom and toilet, two suites and a linen room. One of the bedrooms is decorated in Louis XVI style. At the other end, two suites follow.
The Renaissance staircase leads to a large landing in the attic set out as a small lounge and the last suites.
The four suites in the chateau are all different in style: Louis XIII, Louis XVI and Louis XVIII. They were designed to include a bedroom, lounge and bathroom with toilet but all have a different layout and some specific feature: staircase leading to the lounge, glass ceiling enhancing an exposed beam, chromatic shower, balcony bathroom above a bedroom, balneotherapy facilities, light or warm colours, wood and marble features etc…
The bedrooms and suites are all fitted with WIFI connection and television.
The basement is dedicated to wine.
It is divided into five vaulted cellars, two of which are located under the towers. The three others carry the seal of a great winery. The first cellar serves as an entrance. Patinaed walls, cool air, smell of earth and wine mark a suspended time where history still continues. To the right a few stone steps lead into the wine ageing cellar. Light from outside enters via a small opening and caresses the two rows of wine barrels on both sides. “La part des anges” is palpable…The third cellar, very spacious and plain is where the wine tasting takes place.
At the entrance to the property, next to courtyard, a 69 m2 stone house with facade featuring two roof dormers and hanging windows that soften the transition from wall to roof. It is used for bottle labelling and packaging in preparation for shipment. Opposite, a 123m2 farm house, its gable roof with pediment cusps reveals its large stone arched opening and wooden barn door. On either side of the door are two small windows and then two Jacobin-style dormer windows on the roof. This building is used to store bottles.
Leading on from here, a relaxation area with steam room and sauna. Then a storage room and garage.
In the vineyards, the winery is located discreetly under a grass terrace roof. The vats are stainless steel with a capacity of 450hl.
On the first floor, the covered shelter above the garage (approx.82m2) houses the wine press and is also used as a shed. A 39 m2 area is used to house farm equipment. Then comes the caretaker’s lodge.
The caretaker’s lodge
Alongside the vineyards, a raised terrace leads to the house entrance. It stands on a higher level than the farm house, and spans approx. 131 m2. It comprises a fully fitted kitchen, vast living room, bathroom and toilet, bedroom and wardrobe. The floor heating system is separate from the one in the chateau and works using a water-to-air heat pump.
On limestone clay soils, a wide strip of vines stretches from the top of the slope as far as the chateau. The 6ha 32 a 26ca estate of vineyards are planted with AOC vines, 5ha of which are for classified “cru” wines.
Different grape varieties are grown and all the vineyards are in perfect condition.
The hillside enjoys a full west exposure and a microclimate brought about by its closeness to the river. The grape variety is said to have been imported from Cyprus in 1432 by the owner when he travelled there for the Duke of Savoy’s wedding. The hillside is named after him. The vineyards and the chateau were classified “site pittoresque” in 2010.The current winegrower runs the estate according to reasoned culture principles, every plot is hand-picked and sorted.
The estate wines are served at the local Michelin-starred restaurants but also other restaurants in France and abroad offer them on their wine menus.
Further down, opposite the chateau, 99a 80ca of unused woods, brownfields and grasslands and 4ha 27a 61ca of maintained meadows, outside the AOP wine-growing area.
The renovation of the chateau is a complete success, nothing has been forgotten and care has been taken to preserve the original architectural features.
Currently run as a business (vineyard and hospitality), the property has great potential. It would be ideal for anyone wishing to run this wine estate, and interested in sharing this calm and relaxing terroir, in a simple and tasteful setting.
The present does not exclude the past, this chateau would most certainly be suitable for a family wishing to make it their home and perpetuate the long history of the estate.
Moreover, the historic, natural, gastronomic and touristic heritage of the Savoy region is in itself a great advantage.
|Land registry surface area||12 ha 79 a 96 ca|
|Main building surface area||632 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||250 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
Annie Berthet +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.