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Open cellar and Christmas market – the must-sees of the Château des Bois

Twirl around the old oak tree at Château des Bois with a glass in hand, when you start your discovery of the Satigny region and its wines.

We really do have a marvellous job. We are lucky enough to visit magical places, like this one, the Domaine du Château des Bois in Satigny.

When we arrived, Sylvie van Berchem and Nicolas Seiler were waiting for us in front of the 1631 château, whose barn was renovated after hurricane Lothar and a fire in early 2000.

As soon as they begin to speak, you feel right at home, Nicolas’s lilting accent is the perfect complement to Sylvie’s enthusiasm.

Discovering the Château des Bois estate

The estate is spread over 117 hectares, divided into arable crops, forest and vineyards. Take the time to just breathe in the air, in the company of majestic oaks trees that are nearly 300 years old. Step through the courtyard and lose yourself in the vineyards which produce the estate’s twelve wines.

The range includes five whites, four reds, one rosé, one sweet and one dry. Each one has a name that makes you want to dance and dream of being invited to a ball at the Château. Your taste buds will be in rhapsodies over the flavour of Les Demoiselles and Carnet de Bal, then swing by Le Bois des Chiens, Les Bois d’Émilie and Le Bois des Songes.

Le Bois des Chiens: Nicolas’s favourite

This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamaret and Garanoir, matured in oak barrels for 10 months, is his favourite. Full-bodied and fruity, this red is the perfect accompaniment for meat such as a roast or a fillet of the estate’s own Galloway beef. 

Unmissable events at the Château

The open cellars start at the end of May every year. Imagine a huge party where all the residents of the Château pitch in to organise a barbecue, the famous rissole new potatoes accompanied by their own Pinot Noir, homemade desserts which go perfectly with a sweet wine, all serenely laid out for visitors to enjoy, during picnics around the estate.

The Christmas market (invitation only), where you have the chance to discover local crafts, the estate’s range of wines, and take the opportunity to buy some Christmas gifts, wrapped in beautifully decorated paper.

Tastings and receptions at Château des Bois

The estate has four different spaces, which can be arranged however you wish:

The grande salle lends itself perfectly to gala evenings and concerts, just like in your dreams of being a princess (or a prince, sorry gentlemen ;-)). It’s also a great venue for business meetings, far from the usual hustle and bustle.

The orangerie: this space overlooks the garden and as it is single-storey, it is easy to move between the inside and outside in the summer. In winter, this space is decorated with orange trees and bay trees from the garden, not forgetting the open fireplace, and the atmosphere is simply wonderful.

The caveau and the carnotzet are perfect for small groups, offering an other-worldly setting for informal tastings.

Sylvie van Berchem and Nicolas Seiler will greet you with a sincere and enchanting smile in German, English and even Spanish.

Contact them before visiting to ensure that they are available and have the red carpet out ready for your arrival! à Link to contact form

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