Chateau Le Gay Profile


“Le Gay, I can never utter this word without remembering every moment of my childhood….” Leo Drouyn


Chateau le Gay was the childhood home of French architect, archaeologist, painter, designer and sculpturist LEO DROUYN (1816-1896).

Artist and scientist from Gironde , he left in the middle of the nineteenth century , an exceptional iconographic heritage of the Aquitaine around 1850 , forty years before the first photographic evidence : his work contains more than 5,000 drawings and nearly 1 550 sculptures. He participated in the tradition of Victor Hugo to the rediscovery of the Romantic Movement and triumph of the Middle Age.

The Maison Family at the end of the 19th century: François Maison, originally from Saint Sulpice Les Bois in the Corrèze region of central France, followed his true passion and began buying and selling wine, choosing to set up his business in the Gironde, in the village of Saint Sulpice et Cameyrac.

He concentrated mainly on growing and developing clients in the North of France and in Belgium, and in the early 20th century, as the business expanded, his son Romain began to work with him. Their collaboration led to the creation of the vineyards of Romain Maison.

They soon launched and developed their own wine production, with the acquisition of several properties, most notably Chateau Le Gay, as well as Château Marzy in Pomerol and Clos Magne Figeac in St Emilion.

The children, and today the grandchildren, Luc and Marc, of Romain Maison, continue this family tradition.

Today the family’s properties extend over four appellations: Pomerol, Saint-Emilion, Graves de Vayres and Bordeaux, covering 470 acres with 311 acres under vine. It is one of the few vineyards of this size to sell almost the entirety of its production direct to individual clients in France.