Château de Pierry

Pierry, France

Château de Pierry was built c. 1734 as a Gentilhommière (country retreat) for the count-bishop of Châlons-en-Champagne and peer of the realm, Monseigneur de Choiseul-Beaupré, whose personal history was intimately linked to the birth of Champagne wine itself.

The chateau is named for the village of Pierry, south of Epernay (capital of Champagne wine), a place famous since the late 17th Century when a Benedictine cellar-master called Brother Jean Oudart (1654-1742) adopted the methods of sparkling wine production pioneered by his mentor and contemporary, Dom Pérignon, celebrated procurator of the Abbaye d’Hautvillers.

In the 1730s, Claude Antoine de Choiseul Beaupré, 24th count-bishop of Châlons-en-Champagne and peer of the realm commissioned the building of a country retreat in an encumbered, continuous plot of land of some 48 arpents (roughly 48 acres). The house was specifically designed to double as a winery (complete with wine press, storerooms and cellars). The finished property encompassed 25 rooms (representing more than 1000 m2 of living space) together with 3000 m2 of outbuildings and some 25 acres of excellent vineyard.

The road you see today divided the property in two in around 1760, separating the vineyard from the winery and the chateau itself. Monsieur de Maupas, uncle of Napoleon III’s famous prefect of police, was a frequent guest at the chateau in the Napoleonic Era.

In the mid-19th century, the estate was divided into lots and the d’Arragon family became the principal owner. In 1858 the outbuildings were partly acquired by the Gobillard family (the descendants of Monseigneur de Choiseul’s first Master Winegrower, Jean-Baptiste Gobillard). Almost a century later, in the 1970s, the property was returned to its original identity as a wine-growing estate by Jean-Paul Gobillard, who also restored the house to its mid-18th Century appearance.

This charming country retreat (ideally suited for private functions) is now one of Champagne’s prime tourist attractions.



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Founded: 1734
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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Barrois Véronique (14 months ago)
Disappointing visit. Arrived this morning during opening hours, no guide available. Price requested, 12 euros pp without guide and without tasting...We found an advertising leaflet at our bed and breakfast this evening announcing 12 euros with tasting...pigeons...
Isabelle HOFFMANN (2 years ago)
Carlos Alejandro Salinas (3 years ago)
This place has magic, the owner of the castle attended us and the passion with which he talks about the history of the castle and how they make champagne is indescribable. The place is incredible
Caroline Smits (4 years ago)
Beautiful old castle, wonderful setting, very friendly landlord, great chapaign!
Franck Gaillet (5 years ago)
Located between the Cote des Blancs and the southern slopes of Epernay, this peaceful little village is very beautiful ... the Vollereaux champagnes being just opposite, there is also a priory just next door, to see and visit for the whole
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