Art and wine brings people together. Goethe
An elegant and prestigious building built around 1720 for the Irish merchant Francis Burke. We find two closely related parts, the first residential with several apartments and a façade adorned with a beautiful balcony, and the second and technical part where wines were matured and worked.
The wine was received in the large entrance hall, and then stored in vats in order to be lowered into barrels in the semi-underground cellars. In the nineteenth century two levels were added above the cellars for the stocking, labelling and dressing of bottles.
The self-locking staircase leading to the apartments, gives us a fine example of the typical eighteenth century stereotomy in Bordeaux. Its opening at the top allowed rainwater to be recovered through the channel floor which then helped to assure the moisture in the cellars. The wrought iron railings complete the elegant and powerful look of the stairs.
The spirit of Chartrons and the Bordeaux wine trade are captured with the sophisticated architectural style of the XVIII century. Behind the beautiful facade of 41 ‘Rue Borie’, we find the museum in the vaulted cellars which previously housed the barrels for the ageing of wine. Various artefacts and archival documents trace the exceptional careers of the great merchant families as well as the ancestral knowledge of workers in the cellars.
Dive into this incredibly rich world of wine trade and we will guide you with a wine tasting to help you discover the different Bordeaux appellations.