Incredible aerial view of the domain in “Des racines et des ailes” (documentary France 3)
Views of the vineyards of la Coulée de Serrant
(c) Anemos 2009
The Coulée of Serrant was planted at the 12th century (1130) by Cisterciens Monks and always remained in vine since.
The year 2008 is thus the 878th consecutive vintage.
The old small monastery which always forms part of the property is classified with the inventory of the historic buildings.
A few hundred meters further and adjacent to the vines one can see the ruins of the old fortress of the Roche aux Moines which secure the Loire and where the son of Philippe Auguste was victorious against Lackland son of Richard the Lionheart, in 1214.
This battle is contemporary of that of Bouvines.
Associated with the fortress, a strengthened alley of 300 meters, said the “Cemetery of the English”, also classified, makes it possible to the visitors to see in a glance the vineyard and the Loire downwards which it dominates.
One finds still a little everywhere on these places charged of history, the vestiges of a deep past, including the Celtique time, Romaine and Carolingian.
The place since remained famous. Louis XI speaks about it with devotion: “the gold drop”. Louis XIV tried to visit it in a coach which got stuck in the mud, “the sovereign conceived some moods” says the rumour. Maurice Constantin Weyer speaks about it, Alexandre Dumas also, and more recently, in the beginning of the 20th century, Curnonsky, the prince of the gastronomes, defined it as one of the 5 best white wines of France..