The Château de Reignac is one of those places that you immediately fall in love with. Yves and Stéphanie Vatelot discovered it in February 1990 and on April 1st they were already owners. It was love from first sight! Reignac had it all: the location (perfectly situated at the confluence of the Entre-Deux-Mers), the terroir (Reignac brings together the two best terroirs of Bordeaux), the landscape (a huge park around the castle and a forest of 35ha) , the property (a 17th century castle) and much more: a greenhouse designed by Gustave Eiffel, a 16th century dovecote …
Since its acquisition, Yves and Stéphanie VATELOT have done everything possible to raise Reignac to the level of the greatest Bordeaux. Our wines are recognized by the world press. The property has 5 international wine tourism awards. We are in a real environmental approach and Reignac is managed by a great team. We have therefore decided to present to you one of our “treasures” every month so that you can get to know us better and discover Reignac, especially during this strange period when it is so difficult to travel.
Today, we would like to present you our magnificent tasting tower, a 16th century dovecote, restored in 1998. The Vatelot family has transformed it into a unique tasting place, perfectly designed for blind tastings. Indeed, Yves and Stéphanie Vatelot have created a one of a kind “elevator” system that allows us to reveal the wines that have been tasted in a rather spectacular way.
The tasting tower has three levels. On the ground floor we find the tasting room with its round table, integrated spittoons, white ceramic trays, personal spotlights… It is a place that has the best conditions for tasting wine. Our technical team organizes here all „final blend“ tastings, our annual blind tasting with our 9 coopers Every guest of Reignac tastes our wines in this magical place.
The staircase takes us to the second level: a very cozy room with its bookshelves filled with ancient books, its fireplace, its large white armchairs … We can see the decanters arranged on the wall for blind tastings . The four windows offer us a magnificent view of the vineyards, the vegetable/scent garden and the Eiffel greenhouse, the castle and its beautiful park. The beams on the ceiling remind the rich past of this dovecote. At the time, dovecotes were used for the breeding of carrier pigeons or for their simple consumption. In the Middle Ages, they were a significant supplier of food and their droppings were used as a fertilizer. We can say that the dovecote was also an sign of wealth: the larger the estate was, the bigger the dovecote was – a symbol of the lord’s greatness.
For those who are not afraid of heights, we continue our visit on the last level of the tower. A magnificent 360 ° view awaits us! When the sun is out, we can even see the Aquitaine Bridge! On the third level we find as well the unusual Yves Vatelot’s office. In 1998, he added 4 additional windows (to have 8 in total) and decorated it with curtains with motifs representing the Grand Duke who lived on the third floor of the tower.
The Reignac dovecote is a wonderful setting to experience unforgettable moments. It really deserved to inaugurate our column “the treasures of Reignac”. We will meet you next month for a new treasure, stay tuned !