Thursday, September 16, 2010
HISTORY: The chateau was built around 1880 by the Lecuyer family. Originally the house was part of a much larger estate, called Chateaux de Bourg et de Meaume. The properties were split into two on the death of the owner with one part given to his son, and the other to his daughter (which is the part we are in).
During WW2 Maransin, the town (pop. was occupied by the Nazis and the chateau was used for the senior command of the region. A girl who lived in the chateau with her mother during the occupation (according to the current owner) who is now an incredibly vivacious woman in her 80's, tells of being confined to one room. She also tells of her mother leaving popular magazines at the bedside of the Nazi officers in the hope that they would repay the hospitality with respect for the property. They did.
Maransin became a moderately important centre for wine commerce after the war, but narrowly missed out on its own Appellation d'Origine Controlle. It is surrounded not just by the Cotes de Bourg and Cotes de Blaye appellations, but also by the world renowned Pomerol and St. Emilion names.