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The Château de Sully, half an hour west of Beaune, nestles in the rolling hills of the Burgundy countryside, on the northside of the famous Côte de Beaune and its world reknowned vineyards.
A moat surrounds four completely different facades facing north, south, east and west and in the interior is the most beautiful Renaissance courtyard according to some history buffs.
The Château is situated in the Drée river valley on what is reputedly the site of the local Gauls last stand against the Roman army, around 54 BC .
The Roman site grew into a moated medieval fortress with eight towers around a central courtyard.
The château seen today was built mostly in the 16th century by the Saux-Tavalnes family. After several changes in ownership and surviving the french revolution without destruction, Charlotte de Moray married Jean Baptiste McMahon in 1750and the château reminded in the McMahon family ever since. In the year 1808 Maréchal Maurice de McMahon was born in the château, he was later to become President of the French Republic in 1873.
The winery part of the estate was extensively developped by Philippe, 9th Marquis de Mac Mahon and 4th Duc de Magenta, by the acquisition of the Abbaye de Morgeot in nearby Chassagne-Montrachet. His lifework acquiring ad promoting his premier cru vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet are what enable the family to maintain the château today. Visits to the château contribute greatly to the effort. as do private functions and events in the adjoining service buildings.
Since the 4th Duke's sudden death in 2002 the stately home and estate and winery have been run by his widow. The Duchess lives in the Château all year round with their two children and a maid. So that makes just 4 inhabitants to a château with 80 rooms.
The younger son Maurice is the 10th Marquis of Mac Mahon and 5th Duke of Magenta and it will be in his responsibility to come up with the extensive amount of money needed for the necessary renovation work.

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