In 1957, when the Barthélémy family bought up La Bastide, they also purchased a 40-hectare vineyard, located on the best Barbotan soils, perched on sunny hills. Named Château de Sandemagnan, after a noble old mansion in the estate, our winery produced its first vintage in 1967.
Ever since, we have been perpetuating the tradition, as we turn into spirit a lumpy green white wine called “Folle Blanche” (White Fool). Every November, we distill it a a huge brass still. The white spirit is then place into oak barrels, when it will age for decades, acquiring amber and tawny shades.
Our cellar is open to visits (in French only) from Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.