The estate has been in the family for the past five generations. It was Bernadette’s great-great grandfather, who in the early 20th century moved to a small property in Francs together with his wife and daughter, but with the start of the Great War in 1914 Amand put the plans for the vineyard on hold. Amand Puyanche was killed on the 3rd May 1917 at chemin des dames in Craonnelle.

His Daughter Amande was raised by a rich wine producing family who lived nearby. Together with her husband she inherited a substantial property but they were unable to make a profit producing wine, so they sold a large part of the vineyard and with the remaining land they joined a

Co-operative. The store houses were then used as shelters for farm animals and storage for industrial material.

Their son Andre succeeded them and ceaselessly redeemed the parcels of land that his parents had sold, while remaining with the co-operative.Little by little he reconstructed the vineyard.

When Andre’s daughter Bernadette inherited the vineyard she decided, along with her husband Joseph, to leave the co-operative, build a storehouse and commit them to Amand’s original project. Their first chateau they called Chateau Puyanche in memory of Amand.

Since then new projects have come into fruition. Part of the land was put aside and developed into Chateau Godard Bellevue and a more recent acquisition en cotes de Castillion has been named Moulins de Coussillon.

Today Bernadette and Joseph’s greatest joy are their two children Margaux and Dorian who wish to follow in the footsteps of their parents and continue with this extraordinary and timeless adventure.

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