THE CHÂTEAU DE SALLES
Located in the BUZET AOC Appellation, the Château de Salles has been an historic property of the De Batz family since the XVIIIth century.
This majestic building, its outbuildings and its 80 hectares of beautifully hilly land, make it a must-see historical site in the Buzet region.
Henry de Batz has been leading the winery for nearly 30 years, and passionately produces Buzet wines with a strong personality.
Known since the Middle Ages as part of the large Bordeaux wine area, the Buzet vineyard stretches from Marmande to Agen. From its monastic origin, it was developed by the high society people of Agen, then almost disappeared after the phylloxera crisis. From 1956, it became the symbol of the renaissance of the vineyard in the region.
CHARLES OGIER DE BATZ DE CASTERMORE, COMTE D’ARTAGNAN
French warrior born between 1611 and 1615 at the castle of Castelmore, near Lupiac, in Gascony (in the current department of Gers) and died in Maastricht during the siege of that city on June 25, 1673, during the war in Holland.
Little is known of the true d’Artagnan. There is only one portrait, whose authenticity is not guaranteed, and apocryphal memoirs published in 1700, 27 years after his death. Mixing the real and the imaginary, they were written by Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras from scattered notes left by D’Artagnan. Gatien de Courtilz discovered the life of the Gascon hero during one of his stays at the Bastille, while Baisemeaux, former companion of d’Artagnan, was governor.
Alexandre Dumas was inspired by these memoirs to compose his character d’Artagnan, hero of three stories published between 1844 and 1850 and the best known is The Three Musketeers.
HENRY DE BATZ
Descendant of the illustrious Charles de Batz, known as D’Artagnan, emblematic figure of Gascony, Henry de Batz is today at the head of the 18th-century Château de Salles. Each vintage is for him the fruit of a subtle blend of passion, respect for tradition and nature. As a guarantee of quality, his wines are regularly cited in the Guide Hachette and awarded at national competitions.