8 CENTURIES OF HISTORY
1331-1374 : Guichard VI le Grand, Lord and Baron of Beaujolais is the first recorded owner of the Château des Tours. This powerful man passed the inheritance to Edouard I, eldest son from Guichard’s second marriage to Marie de Chatillon. The family legacy ends with Edouard’s son, Antoine who has no descendant.
1374 : Edouard du Perreux exercised his inheritance rights on August 12th of that year replacing his cousin Antoine to become the Lord of Beaujolais on September 1st.
1456 : The Seigneury of Tours became the property of Edouard de Beaujeu-Linières. On his death, his inheritance passed to his son Jacques, then to Philibert who, having no children, left the propriety to his wife, Catherine d’Ambroise.
1542 : Catherine d’Ambroise, widow of Philibert de Beaujeu-Linières, married Louis de Clèves thus giving him ownership of Les Tours. This latter Lord transmitted the heritage to his children.
1566 : The King authorised the children of the Duke of Nivernais, the husband of one of the descendants of Louis de Clèves, to sell the land in order to settle the estate debt. Jean Arod bought the Château des Tours at auction.
1677 : The land and titles of Tours (also known as “d’Estours”) were seized and sold judicially. Monseigneur François de la Chaize d’Aix became the possessor.
1763: Acquisition of Tours by the Montaigu family.
1841 : The estate is sold to Monsieur Damiron then to Monsieur Peter.
1986 : The Richard family, looking for quality Brouilly wines for its restaurant clients in Paris, acquired the Château. They renovated the buildings, associated themselves with the best winegrowers dedicated to the valorisation of the terroir and replanted the vineyards – thus creating a flagship of the appellation.