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VISITING THE CHÂTEAU


 


 

 

 

An oasis of calm just outside Bordeaux

 

The Château de Lisennes is about 12 km east of Bordeaux, on the right bank of the Garonne river in the region known as "Entre-Deux-Mers".

The village of Tresses is bordered to the north by Yvrac and to the east by Fargues-Saint-Hilaire, to the south by Bouliac and Carignan and to the west by Floirac and Artigues-près-Bordeaux. It is a charming market town with around 4,000 residents who reap the benefits of such a peaceful atmosphere so close to the metropolitan bustle of Bordeaux.

As you leave the village, passing the parish church, turn left onto a winding road that weaves across the countryside and leads you right to the entrance of Lisennes. The gate bearing the name of the Château opens onto a beautiful long avenue bordered by plane trees, horse-chestnuts and young vines. At the end of the avenue you will arrive at the beautiful 'Chartreuse'. Its architecture is characteristic of the Entre-Deux-Mers region: a low, stately 'U' shaped building made from local stone typically built by the Carthusian monks in the 18th Century. Nestled in the centre of the 'U' flanked by the two wings of the house is a courtyard, closed in by an impressive set of wrought iron gates. These beautifully fashioned gates have been adopted as the estate's symbol and can be found on the label of almost all the wines produced here.

Behind the gates stands the main house, fronted by its stately courtyard dotted with smartly clipped hedges and a pretty 19th century dovecote. Round the corner from the main house is the oldest building of the estate, in fact one of the oldest constructions in the area. The "coucoutte" has stood the test of time, a large barn dwarfed by a sloping gabled roof dating from the 16th century. Built from rough stones of assorted sizes with crooked windows, it originally would have housed the farmer, his familly and most probably his animals in winter.

Opposite this little piece of history lies a far more modern building, where the wine-making takes place.