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At the beginning of the 17th century, it is thought that a gentleman by the name of Ciorac founded the Siaurac estate, to which he gave his name. In 1832, Pierre Brisson, the chairman of the Libourne Council and the Caisse d’Epargne savings bank, bought the property from the mayor of Néac, Monsieur Rabion.

His son Benjamin Brisson had the House built in the XVIIIth century style. His grandson Joseph, the mayor of Néac and a Gironde member of parliament, commissioned L. B Fischer, the best landscape designer of his time, to create a romantic park in place of the vines in front of the House and bought nearby vineyards, turning Siaurac into the largest estate in the area.

In 1897, in Saint-Emilion, he bought the Premier Cru des Cordeliers, a vineyard founded in the 17th century by the Berthomieu de Meynot family, and renamed it Le Prieuré. He also purchased Domaine des Grands Champs near Trotanoy in Pomerol.

In 1949, his daughter Madeleine and son-in-law Louis Guichard bought Château Vraye Croix de Gaye close to Petrus and merged it with Domaine des Grands Champs. Their son, Olivier Guichard, secretary for General de Gaulle and a state minister, launched in 1998 the modernization of the vineyard. When Olivier Guichard passed away in 2004, Paul Goldschmidt became the general manager and accelerated the process of modernisation. Between 1998 and 2013 half of the vineyards were replanted, carefully taking into account the results of soil study analyses, and the cellars were renovated and updated.

Paul Goldschmidt has made it his mission to take the wines to the highest rank in their appellations and to create at Siaurac a unique showcase for the wines. The path has been long since 2004, and progress has been constant.

In 2014, Artemis Domaines (Groupe François Pinault) have taken a minority shareholding stake alongside Paul Goldschmidt. Their arrival, and the technical agreement which followed from it, has brought the estate new impetus: Pénélope Godefroy who arrived from the Château Latour team, has taken over the technical management. While the vine-growing methods are set to become organic and/or biodynamic, Siaurac and its grounds have been renovated, and visitors to the estate can enjoy genuine and unforgettable moments of pleasure.

Paul Goldschmidt

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Siaurac - Pomerol, Saint Emilion, Néac