The story of Château Mazeyres seems to begin in the mid-19th century, although who knows what ancient origins there might be for this, one of Pomerol’s most peripheral properties. Writing in Pomerol (Jacques Legrand SA, 1984), Bernard Ginestet states with authority that the château is built on the remains of a Gallo-Roman villa, which suggests perhaps two thousand years of habitation, and maybe viticulture too. Indeed, Roman artefacts – pottery, mainly – have been excavated here, close to a Roman road that ran through what is now vineyard.
Sadly, this is as much evidence as has been found, and I have to ask whether this discarded pottery may have had more to do with the passing of pilgrims and other weary travellers than with Gallo-Roman viticulteurs who liked to spend their evenings winding down in a luxurious villa. But we all love a good story, and for this reason as much as any other I suspect the story of the Mazeyres villa will live on.
It is only in much more recent times, within the last two hundred years, that we have any solid detail regarding the history of the estate.