Château Léoville-Poyferré: Bernard d’Abbadie de Saint-Germain

Jeanne de Las-Cases (died c.1830) had married Bernard d’Abbadie de Saint-Germain, surely a relation of the d’Abbadie family members who have already cropped up in this history, in 1771. One of the earliest descriptions of the domaine was published at around this time by Wilhelm Franck, writing in Traité sur les vins du Médoc (first edition, Chaumas, 1824). He described four proprietors of the Léoville estate (the Chevalier section had yet to be incorporated into the Barton section – see my Château Léoville-Barton profile for more detail), and the domaine was referred to as “Léoville or Labadie”. Of the four names listed it was Jeanne d’Abbadie who was ranked second, turning out 40 to 50 tonneaux per annum.

Château Léoville-Poyferré

Jeanne and Bernard had four daughters, the first three Rose Raymonde, Marie Hippolyte Rosalie (c.1750 – c.1820) and Jeanne Marie Sophie (1772 – 1838), the fourth a child who presumably died during infancy. With the passing of Jeanne and Bernard the daughters inherited the estate, although it only seems to have come to two of them, Jeanne Marie Sophie and Rose Raymonde. I suspect, provided all my dates are correct, that these were the only two surviving daughters at the time of their mother’s death.

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