Il faut user de ce vin là,
De l’abbaye de Pondaurat,
Comme pèlerins du temps jadis
Qui s’arrêtaient un soir, transis,
S’en repartaient réconfortés,
Et traversaient le « Pont Doré ».
Ils s’en allaient à Compostelle
Quérir leur salut éternel ;
Mais jusqu’à Monseigneur Saint-Jacques,
Mon Dieu, encore, combien d’obstacles !
Les Antonins en ce temps là,
Au choeur, au four et au moulin,
Offraient aux braves pèlerins
Tout ce qui faut pour ici bas
Et, mieux encore, pour l’au-delà.
À chaque verre de ce bon vin
Faisons mémoire des Antonins.
Qui s’en souvient ?
An Antonine history
to the Château des Antonins
The Château des Antonins owes its name to the monks who occupied this old abbey for five centuries. These Antonins’monks acquired their reputation throughout Europe by treating patients suffering from ergotism (epidemic of infected rye), also called St. Anthony fire or Holy fire.
The Antonins healed their patients through the administration of healthier food, the famous pigs of St Anthony, but the monks also secret possessed of a drink with extraordinary therapeutic virtues: The Saint Vinage, a miraculous beverage made from wine and aromatic plants.
On the Vézelay footpath, the Antonins commandery still offers a comforting stopover for pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.
This beautiful architectural ensemble, well preserved and full of charm, is listed in the inventory of historic monuments.
The Château des Antonins takes root on the left bank of the Garonne, at the gates of Graves and Sauternes. The vineyard covers 25 hectares of red vines (65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc) on a silico-gravelly slope and 5 hectares of White vines (80% Sauvignon, 20% Semillon) on sandy loam soil.
The management of the vineyard is part of an environmental approach for a thoughtful and sustainable agriculture. The entire estate has obtained High Environmental Value Level 3 (HVE3) certification since the 2018 harvest.Close
In 1985, Geoffroy and Martine de Roquefeuil settled in the family property and revived the wine and hospitality tradition of the Antonins monks. With a soul of a countryman and a winemaker, Geoffroy recreate with passion and ardor,the vineyard and cellars. A passionate, judicious farmer, determined to protect the nature he so loved, he constantly strove to reveal the riches of the terroir through his tasty wines whilst whole heartedly respecting the natural world.
In 2014, after studying agricultural engineering at Purpan, Antoine spent a year on the family estate. Then he went for 15 months to New Zealand to enrich his experience. In 2016, he decides to take over the Château des Antonins, following his father’s footsteps. He now, takes care of the wine production.
In 2019, Daniel Castaing joined the Antonins’s team and helps in managing the vineyard.Close