Over the years this 17th century château has changed ownership many times. Recent history shows it was owned by poet-vigneron Roland Thévenin in the 1950s, becoming a gathering place for artists, clergy, and local dignitaries. In 1989 it was sold to a bank, which was subsequently bought by another bank and then merged. With constant shifting and corporate ties, it was the decision to hire Etienne de Montille to manage the vineyards in 2002 that brought immediate benefits to the future plan. The switch to biodynamic farming in 2005, with certification completed in 2010, has revived the importance of their vineyard holdings. In 2012, Domaine de Montille purchased the holdings of the estate, adding 20 hectares of vines of which 25% are Grand Cru and another 25% Premier Cru. Let’s call that a ‘Cru Coup’. However, one does wonder if Etienne’s hard work in revitalizing their vineyards from 2002 to 2012 may have increased the purchase price…because the world started recognizing how enticing the wines had become.