How green was their châteaux

The Hibernian heritage of many of Bordeaux’s best wine houses came about almost 250 years ago, in a heady atmosphere of entrepreneurial dash

7th May, 2017
Château Phélan Ségur, founded by Clonmel native Bernard Phelan in the early 1810s

Sometimes, we Irish wine lovers can overstate the influence of the Irish on Bordeaux and its great châteaux. The great, honey-coloured edifice of Château Phélan Ségur is a case in point. This impossibly beautiful estate sits atop a small rise of land where its vineyards sweep down on all sides, including across a broad lawn vista – a rarity in Bordeaux.

It is often called a stately...

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