Both had a previous life. Alexandra began her career in new technologies in the United States. Bernard, who has a PhD in mathematics statistics, was a lecturer at Telecom Paris and Centrale, but also published wine reviews in the Revue du Vin de France and Le Figaro.
When Alexandra realised her dream of finding the prime vineyards she had always dreamt of – an historic terroir originally farmed by the monks of Cluny, hence becoming only its fourth custodian in a thousand years – Bernard decided to support her. Together, they protect the hundred-year-old vines, have switched to biodynamic wine growing and reverted back to traditional-style winemaking and ageing.
Their love of the finest craftsmanship is matched by their sense of hospitality. The estate’s magical guest house opens onto the chateau’s terrace and offers a south-facing panorama of the vineyards and the famous Madone de Fleurie hillside.
photo Château des Bachelards