Château de Flaugergues, by Pierre de Colbert

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The Château de Flaugergues, located near Montpellier in the Occitanie region of southern France, is an exquisite example of the architectural style known as “folies”, built by wealthy merchants around the city. The construction of this château was initiated in 1696 by Etienne de Flaugergues, a member of the Cour des Comptes, and it took him 45 years to achieve its current appearance.

The castle is distinguished by its use of the terrain to create separate spaces within its gardens, enhancing the grandeur of the mansion. Architecturally, it features a façade adorned with Doric pilasters and an entablature with rose-sculpted metopes. The interior is noted for its large staircase, which occupies nearly a third of the building, and includes hanging key vaults and forged iron banisters.

The Château de Flaugergues also has a rich history in viticulture. Vines have been grown on the property since Roman times, and the estate currently produces Flaugergues wine, part of the Mejanelle terroir of the Coteaux du Languedoc AOC.

In 1811, the property was purchased by the Boussairolles family, who designed the orangerie and the park in the English garden style in 1850. The estate still reflects the life of French nobility in the 17th century and has been recognized as a Monument historique since 1986.

The château is not just an architectural marvel but also a hub for wine tourism. It offers themed tours and tastings, and a new winery has recently been added to its 25-hectare vineyard. The property also includes the Folia restaurant, offering a gastronomic menu complementing its wines.