18th-century French chateau demolished ‘by mistake’ when builders confuse it with separate building (by nationalpost.com)

Posted: December 7, 2012 by wynmaker in Bordeaux, Europe, France, Wine, World wine news
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With its twin outside staircase and arched entrances, the Château de Bellevue was one of the most eye-catching sights in Yvrac, a wine-making village nestling among the famous vineyards of Bordeaux.

Beautiful, but rundown and in need of repair when bought by Dimistry Stroskin, a Russian millionaire, the building received a renovation permit and was due to be restored to its former glory.

Instead, it was razed by a Polish building firm. Workers were supposed to demolish only a separate smaller structure in the estate’s grounds, but that is the only one still standing. Villagers are furious about the “accident” and local authorities have opened an investigation.




According to the French newspaper Sud-Ouest, Mr. Stroskin, who runs an import business in Warsaw, said, “I had no idea the château had been destroyed. I’m in shock.”

He said he had spent years scouring the area for his ideal French château and “fell in love” with Bellevue. “Even if it was in a very bad way, I wanted to renovate it,” he said.
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