à Cormatin, et son Château

not far to the north of Cluny lies the village of Cormatin

There are two good reasons to visit Cormatin, and the less well-known is the excellent Caveau du Figuier, where - amongst the racks of Grands Crus de Bourgogne - we found a bottle of Figaro, a wine from the family Guibert of Mas de Daumas Gassac renown. We’d go back there!

Second, and best-known, is the Château de Cormatin, its owners including the Marquises of Huxelles, the powerful family du Blé, the Lacretelles, a branch of the Lamartine dynasty, and, at the turn of the 20th century, one Ralph Gunsbourg, Director of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

This is the Château...

Château du Cormatin

We took the tour...

Château Interior 1 Château Interior 2 Château Interior 3 - Kitchen

...and wandered in the grounds...

Approach to the Château Statue of La République - symbolically decapitated Kitchen Garden

(As usual, click on a pic to enlarge)