In partnership with the Fondation du Patrimoine (French heritage foundation) and the Ecuries de Chaumont stables at Saint-Bonnet-de-Joux (71), the Terres Secrètes wine growers have developed two special vintages for Saint-Véran Croix de Montceau and Mâcon Pierreclos.
For each purchase of one of these special bottles, €0.50 is donated to support the renovation of the Ecuries de Chaumont and the Vignerons des Terres Secrètes have pledged to double this amount to make it €1 per bottle.
Les Ecuries de Chaumont
These stables at the heart of the magnificent forest of Chaumont at Saint-Bonnet-de-Joux (71) – near Charolais, 50 km (31 miles) to the west of Mâcon – and at the entrance to the estate of the Domaine de Chaumont-Laguiche are still the most remarkable building on the estate. They were built in the 17th century on the orders of Henriette de Laguiche and they are said to have been designed by the king’s architect François Blondel. Classified as a historic monument in 1982, they are amongst the largest private stables of the Ancien Régime. Their interior layout follows plans drawn up by Leonardo da Vinci, making them the most Italianate of French stables.
Legend has it that only the King of France could own stables with space for 100 horses; the stables at Chaumont had 99 horses … but the hundredth horse was the one on the equestrian statue of Philibert de Laguiche, which is placed above the main entrance!