Château de Pennautier
Bernard Reich de Pennautier, Treasurer of the States of Languedoc, built Château de Pennautier in 1620. His extraordinary task required being in the public eye and his castle had to be grandiose.
In 1622, he hosted King Louis XIII who made him a present of his travelling furniture which is now classified as an Historical Monument. Pierre-Louis de Pennautier, Bernard’s powerful and refined son was, like his father, the Treasurer of the States of Languedoc, when he became Receiver General of the Clergy of France, an even greater responsibility. A prominent man, he engaged Le Vau, the architect of Versailles to design the wings of Chateau de Pennautier and Le Nôtre to design the French formal gardens.
Being part of the great monuments of French history, the Lorgeril family developed a culture of wine and excellence. Today, Château de Pennautier is a showcase of French art of living. Classified as a French Historical Monument, the château was entirely refurbished in 2009, combining the beauty of heritage and the charm of a family home with a state-of-the-art site suitable for receptions and memorable events.
Château de Pennautier has been described as « The Versailles of Languedoc » for its grandeur and style. It is a perfect example of classicism in spite of the three phases of its construction.