Château Haut-Brion: The Fumel Era

So Château Haut-Brion was now largely in the hands of the Lestonnac family, but in a tragic turn of events within just three weeks of the inheritance Jean-Denis d’Aulède de Lestonnac passed away. Jean-Denis and Thérèse de Pontac had been blessed with two children, a son François Delphin and a daughter Catherine Olive. Ownership of the property subsequently fell to the male heir, François Delphin d’Aulède de Lestonnac (1655 – 1746); he was already titled Baron de Margaux and thus was now proprietor of two future first growth properties, this one and Château Margaux. Although François Delphin seems to have married twice, to Elisabeth Antoinette Julie Le Fèvre de Caumartin on July 17th 1702, and to Marie Antoinette Charlotte de Lenoncourt sometime after 1753, he sired no children.

Château Haut-Brion

As a consequence, when François Delphin died in 1746 Château Haut-Brion was bequeathed to his elderly sister Catherine Olive d’Aulède de Lestonnac, the widow of François-Joseph de Fumel (died 1688, apparently assassinated), who she had married on August 2nd 1682.

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