Château La Gravière

That Château La Gravière exists at all is down to one woman, the late Catherine Péré-Vergé (1939 – 2013). Sadly Catherine is no longer with us, and her domaines are now run by her son, Henri Parent (pictured below). Catherine’s story has already been documented on these pages, particularly in my account of Château Montviel and Château Le Gay, but in view of her meteoric rise from newcomer to establishment in little less than two decades it is certainly worth retelling.

Château La Gravière

Born in 1939, Catherine Péré-Vergé was the daughter of Jacques Durand, who in 1926 had acquired Verrerie Cristallerie d’Arques, a famous manufacturer of lead crystal. The business grew into what we know today as Arc International, the largest lead crystal glass manufacturing business in the world.

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