Château de France
Built on the foundations of an ancient manor house, Châteaude France was created in the 19th century by Jean-Henri Lacoste, a businessman involved in furniture industry. From 1920-1975, the property remained slightly outside the traditionally recognised viticultural sector of Bordeaux. But things started to change after Bernard Thomassin purchased the estate in the early 1970’s. He rebuilt the neglected property from scratch to achieve his objective of making great wines. He was a visionary in every sense for his investment in Château de France when any investment from zones other than the Graves, the only recognised controlled production area, was relatively scarce. It was only later on that Pessac-Léognan achieved ‘appellation’ status. Today, the estate is run by his son, Arnaud Thomassin.