Château Moulin Saint-Georges

Anybody who has read about the vineyards of St Emilion will probably have learned something of this wine region’s ancient Gallo-Roman heritage. There was Ausonius of course, for whom Château Ausone is purportedly named, although I am not certain I have been convinced that this is anything more than myth or legend. There is more tangible evidence of Gallo-Roman occupation though. Indeed, the area around Château La Gaffelière, Château Saint Georges Côte Pavie and Château Moulin Saint-Georges seems to be littered with ancient artefacts, largely dating to the 3rd and 4th centuries. Clues as to why this should be came to light at various points during the 20th century, and we have Léo de Malet Roquefort of Château La Gaffelière to thank for one such discovery, made in the late 1960s.

Château Moulin Saint-Georges

It was February 1969, and Léo de Malet Roquefort was out surveying his vineyard, intent on planting up a small parcel which at that time lay fallow. As he dug into the soil, however, he had hardly begun when he unearthed brightly coloured tesserae mosaics. Remarkably, it appears Léo was not completely surprised by this discovery.

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