The History of Château Trapaud

The origins of the estate date back to the 16th century and the Trapaud family has been named in the land register ever since..

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The earliest records of this family date back to the 15th century, near to Bordeaux, between West Libourne and East Castillon.

The history of Château Trapaud began in 1471:

According to the 19th century Historian Léo Drouyn, a Trapaud became the owner of certain plots of land (called fiefs) in the small village of Gardegan in the Dordogne region.
Towards the late 15th to early 16th century, under the influence of the young preacher Aymon de La Voye, the family moved to the Gironde region (Guyenne).
Although records show no more of them in Gardegan, there are records of a Pierre Trapaud working as a notary in Saint-Emilion.
He was also elected town councillor in 1556.
In 1591, 1611 and 1755, a member of the Trapaud family was elected Mayor of Castillon la Bataille.

The 16th century:

During this era in Guyenne, and also in the villages inhabited by the Trapaud family, the Protestant Reform was underway.
It only took another two generations for the whole of the Trapaud family to become Protestant.
On the 27th of June 1551, the édit de Châteaubriand decree was enacted which included some rather severe articles regarding Protestants.
In September of the same year, the Pope declared that ”all of the heretics, Lutherans and other non-believers have two months to publicly abjure their Protestant faith”.

Further decrees followed. In view of the various massacres, imprisonments and physical and financial pressures suffered by the Protestants, a part of the Trapaud family immigrated.
Some went to England (Jean Trapaud) whilst others fled to Germany. The Trapaud family was highly ranked in the French and English armies.

Château Trapaud from 1927 to the present day:

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1927, Georges LARRIBIERE:

My great-grandfather acquired the property thanks to the kindness of a notary who, considering Georges to be a good farmer, suggested that he become a property owner himself.
He sought out a ”good deal” at the time and helped him to get set up. (The property consisted of 4 hectares of vines, several hectares of grassland and some livestock.)
Georges passed the property on to his son Gaston who continued to extend the surface area to cover 10 hectares of surface under vine. At the end of the 60’s, Gaston then passed the domaine on to his son André.
In the years running up to 1995, my father purchased just over 4 hectares of vines which now make up the current Château Trapaud.

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I was born in 1971 and am André‘s only child. I grew up surrounded by the vineyards and soon took to following my father around the cellars and the vine rows, curious to learn more and even going as far as finishing off the last drops of wine in secret after family meals!
What could be more evident for an only child than to follow in their parents’ footsteps?
It was a natural progression for me to enrol at agricultural school in 1987 before studying for a BTA at the Lycée Viticole de Montagne (33) before continuing my studies to BTS level in Carcassonne.

Having accomplished my degree in 1992, I had a strong desire to travel. I managed to combine work and travel by carrying out 2 internships of 4-5 months in Australia (’93) and California (’94) in flagship winemaking domaines.

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I returned to the domaine in 1995 where I perfected my skills with the status of Family Assistant for 2 years.
Generational conflict, evolving tastes and consumption styles, a desire to be a part of the domaine, skills learnt during my training, my experiences and my travels – all contributed to my desire to step forward and make my mark!
In 1997, André therefore decided to make me an integral part of the profession by creating a business structure in which I would be Managing Director of the family business.
It required 2 more years of hard work for me to prove to my father that I was ready to continue by myself.
He finally allowed himself to take a well-deserved and peaceful retirement in 1999.

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I have since initiated a long series of technical and functional improvements and implemented a programmed renewal audit for material.
My grandfather Gaston made me very aware from an early age of the importance of working with respect for man and the environment.
I therefore began the process of returning to organic methods of production.
I have also decided to continue my studies with a 2 year training programme in Aromatherapy which has furthered my awareness of a respectable approach to our profession and reassured me in my choice to produce ”organic vintages”.

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In May 2009, during a discussion with the team with whom I share my daily work, we made the collective decision to embark upon an organic journey for the whole domaine.

I am the fourth generation.
My ancestors are ingrained in my memory and remain central to my work.
I have a deep respect for the steps taken by them which have allowed my family to pass the family business on to me. It is a responsibility that requires respect for our land, our work and the wines that we produce.

 

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