Château Ducru-Beaucaillou: Bernard de Nogaret de La Valette
In terms of his ownership of the Beychevelle estate, Jean-Louis was succeeded by one of his four sons, Bernard de Nogaret de La Valette (1592 – 1661). Like his father, Bernard forged a career for himself in the military, and he acquitted himself well in several sieges and battles during the 1620s and 1630s. He successfully repressed a peasants’ revolt, the Insurrection des Croquants, in April 1637, and he was subsequently ordered by the Henri II de Bourbon (1588 – 1646), Prince de Condé to lead an assault at the Siege of Fuenterrabía in 1638. He refused, and this ultimately led to his having to flee the country.
Bernard had, it seems, been framed. Having rejected his orders, he ceded his command to Henri d’Escoubleau de Sourdis (1593 – 1645), a naval commander but also Archbishop of Bordeaux, who led the attack, during which he suffered heavy losses. It was a military disaster, and Cardinal Richelieu (1585 – 1642), who reputedly despised Bernard, set out to ensure he took the blame rather than his archbishop.Please log in to continue reading: