2017 SAINT-EMILION OPEN DOORS: GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK!
29th, 30th April and 1st May 2017
COME ON TO SAINT PEY D’ARMENS FOR A AWESOME TIME AT THE CHÂTEAU LA CROIX D’ARMENS DURING THE SAINT-EMILION OPEN DOORS 2017!
During the 2017 Saint-Emilion Open Doors, 84 châteaux open their doors on the 29th, 30th April and 1st May. During the year, visitors tend to stay around the Saint-Emilion village, so the Open Doors is just the opportunity to discover all the villages that make up the four appellations. For example, head for Saint Pey d’Armens, the Château La Croix d’Armens has lots of “good times” to share!
EXPLORE THE SAINT-EMILION JURISDICTION
The Saint-Emilion and Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellations are not limited to the immediate vicinity of the village of Saint-Emilion. These great wines are produced on the famous mosaic of terroirs which extends over the 8 communes surrounding the medieval city. In this Unesco-classified vineyard, you can find Saint Pey d’Armens. Céline Augereau, from the Château La Croix d’Armens, warmly invites you to discover her village.
“Saint-Pey d’Armens is also a World Heritage Site. The Saint-Emilion Open Doors is an opportunity to see another side of the vineyard”.
THE ENTERTAINMENT AT CHÂTEAU LA CROIX D'ARMENS
On the 29th-30th April and 1st May, each château brings a theme to the fore. For some it is gluttony, for others heritage or family traditions. At the Augereau’s, cultural and fun activities will mark those three days.
- Tastings and visit to the winery:
“We offer free wine tasting. And our cellar, which is old, will of course be open to visitors”.
During the Saint-Emilion Portes Ouvertes, you can taste the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 vintages. The 2015 is available on request. Before 2012, the wines are in Saint-Emilion appellation. After 2012, they are in Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. “That way, we can compare and follow the progress of the winemaker’s work,” says Céline Augereau.
- Outdoor concerts:
“The first concert will take place on Sunday afternoon with the band La Fiancée du Pirate. We will start at 12:30 pm and continue until around 4:30 pm. On Monday, a second concert is scheduled with another surprise band”.
- Country lunch:
“For Saturday and Sunday lunch, we have made a menu with local products. The price is 12 euros. If you are interested, you must book on 06 07 49 28 05”.
- Traditional wooden games:
“We have rented old-time games that will be displayed in the garden. It goes from billiards to a chessboard, including the frog game, it appeals to everyone”.
- Graffiti art display:
“We will have Frédéric Esplandiu’s art on display. He draws on canvas as well as on wine bottles. On Sunday, he will give us a demonstration of his work”.
“A magnum of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru and a magnum of Saint-Emilion can be won. On Monday, each person who comes will be able to put a raffle ticket in the ballot box. We will then draw prizes and we will send the gift to the winner”.
CHÂTEAU LA CROIX D'ARMENS, A FAMILY-OWNED ESTATE
The real pleasure of the Saint-Emilion Open Doors is to explore the vineyard differently. From château to château, visitors discover the work of winemakers in a privileged way. This will be the case at Château La Croix d’Armens. You can immerse yourself in the world of a family estate.
“With my brother Jean-Philippe, we are the sixth generation. Our parents are always present and during the Saint-Emilion Open Doors, the whole team will be there. It’s great to share our profession in a friendly atmosphere”.
Do not underestimate the good you do the winemakers! For Céline Augereau, the Saint-Emilion Open Doors is a welcome break in the wine year. The kind of weekend that gives her energy for the rest of the year.
“We share good times. People come from Paris, Limoges or Nantes and even from abroad. It is the opportunity to meet in a relaxed atmosphere. And when we are told that our wines are great, it gives us energy to continue!”
Do you want to please winemakers, whilst enjoying the fruit of their work? Head to the 2017 Saint-Emilion Open Doors!
2017 Saint-Emilion Open Doors
29th and 30th, April and 1st May
Opening hours: from 10 am to 7 pm
Address: Château La Croix d’Armens, La Croix Nord, in Saint Pey d’Armens
The complete program of the Saint-Emilion Open Doors is available here.