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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tyro (20018) 2014-08-23 8:37
You've written a very interesting note about this lovely château and also provided us with a delightful photograph. Yes, despite what people may think, the owners of magnificent buildings like this are not always wealthy. The same problem exists here in Britain and when the owner dies, there are enormous inheritance taxes to be paid to the government, so the children or inheritants of the properties can end up bankrupt unless they are clever and find ways to make money - like opening a wildlife park or a brewery and allowing the public to visit. So many of these large castles and grand houses have been sold off or even just abandoned and left to decay. Very sad.
A lovely photograph with gorgeous soft light and colours and wonderful reflections in the calm water. Good composition and pin sharp too.
dta (65694) 2014-08-23 9:00
Bonjour Daniel ,
La lumière n'est pas exceptionnelle , mais bien capturée , et c'est un excellent cadrage serré de cette intéressant château . Jolis ciel et reflets .
Nicou (120410) 2014-08-23 9:25
fantastique vue et compo superbe image et captage quel graphisme de fenêtre et ces encadrements blanc le reflet sur l'eau quelle architecture splendide cadrage.
Bravo et amitié
jemaflor (83711) 2014-08-23 9:34
Well framed and presented with this vertical format, good effect also with reflections on water, good choice for the title, tfs.
kasianowak (5952) 2014-08-23 12:36
It looks like a tranquil place, the mood well conveyed in your image.
Thank you for the interesting note, it makes me wonder what the other three facades look like.
timecapturer (48012) 2014-08-24 3:47
an elegant and beautifully executed shot of this grand old château. It looks so impressive and peaceful in this gloriously cropped shot. Lots of fine detail and an irresistible reflection make it work so perfectly.
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
Tue (27696) 2014-08-24 11:38
I love the soft light and colours of the photo. They both create a pleasant atmosphere along with the calm water and the beautiful reflections in it.
abmdsudi (42618) 2014-08-24 22:19
An excellent image - thks to your lengthy narratives- with great details and great dof. The castle is strategically placed with interesting foreground almost mirror like water reflections.This huge 'house' with only four occupants looks cold in muted colours and really makes this rather spooky to my eye, but love to use this place for a location shoot it has all the makings of a great fashion shoot.... LoL
Beautiful capture, TFS
swapankumarroy (2837) 2014-08-29 8:52
Very nicely shoot the Church in vertical format, color is so natural and good reflection in the water, contrast and sharpness are well.
warm regards and have a nice weekend,
macjake (55550) 2014-08-31 11:15
80 rooms for 4 people...hmmm...thats a bit much don't you think?
Seriously? who needs all that space!
but i guess when you're rich you can do what you want and who the heck cares right!
well, at least they have a maid :)
fun post, good story written about it.
too bad you cant take photos on the inside!
- Copyright: Daniel Solinger (marabu61) (8145)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-08-02
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron 18-270mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-23 7:33