It is hard to imagine the inhabitants of this serene and charming chateau, seeing off assailants with weapons of war. Its original purpose as a fort for protection, has been softened over the years with additional constructions, which now blend harmoniously with its setting in the centre of the village of Commarin, just over half an hours drive from Gevrey Chambertin.
If these walls and towers could speak, what events would they relate relative to their existence for over 900 years. Whatever influence or charm was exerted, they survived relatively in tact the desecrations associated with the Wars of Religion and the French Revolution, and have never suffered the indignity of being described in a property agents particulars. Their testament to a proud history is preserved care of the loving attentions of the present owners, a rather rare commodity in rural France for buildings of this size and age.
Part of the property remains the home of the de Vogüé family, ownership now in the hands of the 26th generation. The remainder, including the 14c chapel, is opened by the family for visitors appreciation, and the outbuildings are available for hire for weddings and parties. This year the grounds are decorated with a series of sculptures by the artist Jean-Marc de PAS.