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Built between the 11th and 19th centuries, the Château of Brézé provides visitors with an opportunity to discover an elegant castle still inhabited to this day, as well as its extraordinary underground fortress! Hidden beneath the château is one of the undiscovered marvels of the Loire Valley’s castles – a unique ensemble of buildings carved out of the rock!

NOT TO BE MISSED

The underground fortress: a château beneath a château

A visit to this underground world is like reading a history book which has been engraved in the tufa. Here you can admire the Lords of Brézé’s old fortified residence, the parapets dug out of the rock, the troglodyte drawbridge, the seigniorial cellars, the underground presses, the kitchens and its bakery, the ice store and other excavated tunnels. This extraordinary world of rock opens out onto the deepest dry moats in Europe, which reach a depth of 18m.

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NOT TO BE MISSED

The Renaissance wing – residence of the Marquis de Dreux-Brézé

To the delight of those who enjoy guided tours of old properties, the château’s private apartments will be open to visitors this year. Used until very recently by the owners, the hall, the bedroom of the Marquis and Marchioness, and their dining room still seem filled with their presence. The latter, a listed historic monument, is a veritable stage set, home to a collection of weapons and armour as well as fifteen medieval-inspired chairs bearing the coat of arms of the Dreux-Brézé. Not forgetting the Marchioness’ kitchen, with its valuable collection of copper utensils, where her meals were prepared until her death in 1991.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

The life of the château

The accommodation allocated to servants as well as a bathroom with an unusual towel-warmer provide an insight into day-to-day life at the Château in Brézé. The Chambre de Richelieu (Richelieu’s Bedroom) displays original Louis XIII furniture, while the Grande Galerie (the château’s former reception room) is now devoted to the ancestors of the Dreux-Brézé family and portraits of several members of the royal family: Louis XVI, his wife Marie-Antoinette, and their son, the unfortunate Louis XVII etc.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

The 16th to 19th century château: an elegant residence which is still inhabited

The property of the Colbert family, and a listed historic monument that has been open to the public since the year 2000, the Château de Brézé boasts one of the finest and rarest examples of neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance interior architecture which has been preserved to this day; it is in the guise of the apartments of Monseigneur Pierre de Dreux-Brézé, bishop of Moulins in the 19th century.

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COUPS DE COEUR

The vineyards of Anjou and Saumur

Covering 20,000 hectares, the vineyards of Anjou and Saumur encompass the largest wine-growing area in the Loire Valley. And with a total of 28 different appellations to choose from, there’s something for everyone! Names that will be most familiar to visitors include Anjou, mainly represented by its light reds, the Coteaux de la Loire, Les Savennières and its famous 'Coulée de Serrant', Coteaux de l'Aubance, and Coteaux du Layon, with two appellations, Quarts de Chaume and Bonnezeaux particularly renowned for wines which age well. In the Saumurois area, wines from Saumur include a varied production of whites and reds, and in particular two excellent sparkling wines, Crémant de Loire and Saumur Brut. Not forgetting the very popular Saumur Champigny, a light and lively red wine with its aroma of red berries. Make sure you enjoy a tasting in the Maisons des Vins de Loire in Angers and Saumur.
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