Château Romer du Hayot
Château Romer du Hayot has a long history, and its origins – as well as that of its sibling Château Romer – can be traced back to a common origin, at least as far back as the 17th century. This common origin means that this introduction to the story of this estate is the same as can be found in my Château Romer profile. At this time the estate was in the ownership of the Montalier family, who may well have been responsible for the estate’s creation. By the year 1800 the property sat on the periphery of the Lur-Saluces Sauternes empire, as proprietor Marie-Thérèse Gabrielle de Montalier was wed at this time to Ferdinand Auguste de Lur-Saluces. The estate came into the ownership of their daughter, Louis Alexandrine, and it then passed into the hands of Comte Auguste de la Myre-Mory when the two married.
The estate remained in the hands of the Myre-Mory family and under their tenure was classified as a deuxième cru in the 1855 classification of Sauternes and Barsac, the only wine ranked at this level in the commune of Fargues. By this time it was named Romer, although I note that the name of the lieu-dit where the modern-day vineyards are to be found is Le Roumere, suggesting that the name may have evolved somewhat over the years. After the death of the Comtesse in 1811 the estate was passed on to the next generation, and as France was now subject to Napoleonic laws this meant its division between the heirs. The estate was thus parcelled up into five sections, one each for the five beneficiaries. Even so, the estate remained under the direction of just one of the five, Comtesse Beaurepaire-Louvagny.
The Second Division
This situation persisted until the early years of the 20th century, when the estate was carved up once again. In 1911 the proprietors sold a 5-hectare rump to Roger Farges, and this estate was beginning of what today goes by the name of Château Romer. The larger portion, about 9 hectares, was held back though, and it was this larger section, destined to become the modern-day Romer du Hayot, that interests us here. Several decades later that this second section was sold, the buyers here being Xavier Dauglade and Madame du Hayot, and the newly-acquired property took the du Hayot name in her honour.