History of Pabus

Chateau Pabus

A gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to one of his commanding officers

Napoleon was French Emperor from 1804 to 1814 and frequently visited the Bordeaux region between 1807 and 1809.

It is very likely that he visited Château Pabus in this period.

Historical records state that Château Pabus was a gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to one of his commanding officers in 1808.

Château Pabus was an important agriculture center in the Bordeaux region, already cultivating vines and producing wine. The domain hosted multiple buildings, including a large farm. 

19th century bourgeoisie

Public registers point out that Pabus was the name of a family of aristocratic doctors from the Bordeaux bourgeoisie, who lived on and from their land, but without actually cultivating it themselves. 

According to records dug out of the Sadirac parish land registry, the current château, a lime stone building, was erected at the end of the 19th century.

It would be tempting to believe that Château Pabus was designed by Victor Louis or one of his students, because it is so reminiscent of the work of the architect of Bordeaux’s Grand Theâtre. In this period, craftsmen carried the same designs and techniques from one worksite to another.

This mansion house in its own way symbolises the Pabus style made up of thoroughness, harmony and sophistication.

The Unexpected Discovery of a 12th century potter’s oven

Old buildings are full of unsuspected treasures. During land clearance work in June 2007, a 12th century potter’s oven was uncovered in some of the Château Pabus outbuildings. An architectural analysis made it possible to determine its exact origins.

“All sizes of earthenware jugs and crocks were made: ewers, pitchers, bowls, plates and even commode potties at the time of Louis XIV.”

The chimney flues identified on the surface lead us to believe that the oven was used until the beginning of the 20th century. The oven itself was a beautiful semi-circular arched brick structure, which was wood-fired. Only a few bricks had fallen out.

Clearing the north and south walls partially revealed two piles of pottery fragments. In this small neighbourhood of Sadirac called Jean-d’Arnaud, all sizes of earthenware jugs and crocks were made: ewers, pitchers, bowls, plates and even commode potties at the time of Louis 14th and piggy banks.

Other more modern artefacts were identified on site: fragments of molds and molasses pots specific to Sadirac production in the 18th century, which was semi-industrial like the nearby Casse and Blayet ovens. During this period of glory for Sadirac, there were a number of potters.

Inspired by its 12th century pottery, Château Pabus went back to the origins of wine making and started in 2019 the production of “Argile de Pabus” (argile is French for clay).

 


Dates of Pabus


12 éme

Potier furnaces creation on Pabus lands

1869

Mr. Henry Charrier, a business man had Pabus built. On the land, several houses were let to potters – Mr. Gilles, Mr. Jean d’Arnaud (the neighbourhood was named after him) and others.

1880

Gustave Eiffel, who built many edifices in the region surely came to Pabus at this time.

1892

the chateau was built, inspired by drawings by Victor Louis.

19 éme

At the end of the 19th century, the Pabus family, practicing physicians dating back to 1728, lived on the property.

2012

Mr. Robert S. Dow acquires Château Pabus.