Château Chasse-Spleen | Where everything’s only order and beauty
“Always be drunk. That's it! The great imperative! In order not to feel time's horrid fardel bruise your shoulders, grinding you into the earth, get drunk and stay that way.” Charles Baudelaire. But drunk on what? On wine, poetry or art?
The Bordeaux-based symbolist painter Odilon Redon was very close to Baudelaire — he illustrated an edition of the poet’s Les Fleurs du Mal and in 1863 he suggested the name “Chasse Spleen” to Rosa Ferrière for her Castaing Grand Poujeaux domain.
Today, a name which stood the test of time, continues to attract wine lovers to the Moulis-en-Médoc route. Upon arrival, oenophiles are met by Lilian Bourgeat’s booths, a monumental sculpture remind them that “wine-making is our first and foremost occupation”, and that art comes second, as current owners Céline and Jean-Pierre Foubet tell us.
Lilian Bourgeat — Invendu - Bottes
From personal collection to exhibition space
Sculptures and installations are interspersed throughout the domain, defining its structure. We’re not surprised to find out that Céline Villars-Foubet is extremely passionate about architecture and that she invited architects Oriane Deville and Céline Pétreau to radically rethink the space adjoining the château. Thus, an arts center, a wine bar and three guest rooms were added to its landscape.
The first artist to be invited to work at the château was Rolf Julius. (1939-2011) Today, the sound of his installations provide an elegant backing track to the space. Sophia Girabancas Pérez, curator and director of Paris’ Thomas Bernard gallery has worked with the artist's daughter Maija Julius to highlight different aspects of the German artist’s practice, including Julius’ works on paper, his photographs and video installations, attesting to his closeness to the experimental avant-garde and in particular his affinity to the work of John Cage or Takehisa Kosugi.
Exhibition RED (INSIDE) by Rolf Julius, until 30 October 2017
The art of being thankful
The domain’s grapevines are what constitutes Chasse Spleen. Its name, as well as the exceptional quality of its wines, make it an international success. 50 % of wine produced there is exported internationally.
Thanks to their success, the Foubets have been able to further their passion for contemporary art, as well as to give back to Bordeaux, a city to which they owe a lot.
Céline & Jean-Pierre Foubet — Horse, 2015, by Joao Maria Gusmao + Pedro Paiva