Friday Heirloom 2019

Friday Heirloom 94: The “Art of Living Collection” (Château Siran), Margaux

Check out the Highlights of March here

If you want to be happy, be.

An afternoon at Château Siran, Margaux

No matter if – and how much – you love wine, there is not one reason to dislike Bordeaux’s countless wine properties (those who actually “make” the thing).

And this is even more true when they hide priceless art collections in their facilities!

Château Siran: a global view

So that’s why I’m loving the newly-created section of @imamusaller, Sunday Blast, which every first Sunday of the month features a wine property from the area.

(Don’t forget to tune in on April 7th for the next round of photos on Instagram Stories! I’ll be presenting Château Siran from a “wine” perspective.)

A sculpture of Bacchus (17th-18th century)

So yesterday, the first day of Spring, I went to Château Siran in the Margaux county of Bordeaux to visit the cellars and take photos for the fore-mentioned Sunday Blast. It was awesome: over 2000 years of history in one site!

Garden sculptures at Siran

Mr. Bernardi, the manager, took me on a guided tour of the facilities, unveiling all the secrets of the famous families that made Château Siran what it is today.

A little bit about the history of the domain: on the 14th of January 1859, the Château was acquired by the current family, the Miailhe family. Their ancestor, Léo Barbier, bought the estate for 100,000 francs from the Count and Countess de Toulouse-Lautrec, the great grandparents of the famous painter, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Ever since, generations of the same family have succeeded each other in a spirit of respect for the family wine-growing tradition. So Château Siran is one of the very rare Bordeaux wine estates to have belonged to the same family for over 150 years!

On the walls I see…

During the visit, I discovered the little gem inside the Château, a small, private collection of art objects like paintings and ancient anchors. They call it the “Art of Living Collection”, with about 300 objects related to the wine culture through the ages.

It’s a unique collection, symbol of a passion shared for many years by the Miailhe family. The objects are displayed by theme, inviting the visitor to travel back in time, from the 3rd century BC to the 19th century, illustrating the passion of wine and the art of wine-making and wine-tasting.

Photos and paintings representing the genealogical tree of the owners

“Taste vins”: small cups used for tasting wine, coming from the French region of Burgundy

Wine jars and pitchers through the centuries 

A Napoleon-shaped pitcher from England (funny how short he was depicted, and with a big tummy!)

A collection of Vieillard dessert plates

Scene where a lady practicing shooting tells her husband that she’ll take his nose if he cheats on her!

Scene where a teenager is unhappy of her too-traditional (little-revealing!) dress

The “Art of Living Collection”: (almost) a global view

The second part of the tour was more wine-related, and for that part you’ll have to wait until April 7th! Don’t forget to tune in for the next round of photos of Château Siran on Instagram Stories. Here’s my account: @imamusaller.

In the meantime, if you’d like to read more on the “Art of Living Collection”, check out the website of Siran here.

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