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July 2015
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Beychevelle: sleep in a castle

Beychevelle castle © DR

During the 16th century, ships that passed the château belonging to the Duke of Epernon, the owner of the area, were expected to lower their sails as a sign of allegiance: thus, over time, Baisse-Voile has become Beychevelle. A little story that you have to know – otherwise you run the risk of appearing uncultured upon arrival! Today, after three years of renovations led by interior designer Jacqueline Rau-Noyer, this Grands Millésimes of France property – nicknamed the “Versailles of Médoc” – boasts 11 bedrooms, 2 suites, a dining room and lounge areas…Known as “The Table de Beychevelle” with beautiful old furniture in the bedrooms and materials by Frey, Canovas and Lelièvre has all the elements of a family home! In the salon, for instance, you can admire traditional furniture, family portraits, tapestries and large fireplace. Breakfast is prescribed: at lunch and dinner there is no set menu. All you have to do is meet with the chef of the bespoke menu. General manager and oenologist Philippe Blanc opts for a food and wine pairing. True sophistication! A.F.-M.

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