Tours of the chateau are normally in French, but English language tours are available some mornings.
This chateau makes wine for Old World claret drinkers rather than for the powerful New World wine critic, Robert Parker.
The castle, which had always had a significant residential function, declined in military value to become a palace, château , or manor house, while forts and bastioned town walls took its place in warfare.
The idea is to change the image of France as a nation of fine wines and elegant chateaux only.
A monthly allowance from an aged aunt allowed Travers to live the grand life, floating between chateaux , country houses and smart hotels.
The advantage with these arrangements is that you can choose the specific château 's wine.
Equally driven is Jana's husband, Antoine, who gave up working as a banker in the city three years ago and now spends every third week at the château 40 kilometres from Bordeaux running the vineyard.
The problem is that, apart from Champagne, the top Bordeaux chateaux and the big names in Burgundy and the Rhone, the rest of the country cannot seem to reach the 21st century wine lover.
The hotel ballroom was also full of famous bottles from the great chateaux of Bordeaux and these two California wines held their own without a problem.
For the third time in 150 years, the vineyards of France were witness to war and the French vignerons and chateaux owners once again set about their wartime tasks.