Definition of chateau in English:


(also château)


  • A large French country house or castle, often giving its name to wine made in its neighbourhood.

    in names ‘Château Margaux’
    • ‘While most Sauvignon Blanc wines from Bordeaux are consumed within a few years of the vintage, the dry and sweet wines from the great chateaux can age for decades.’
    • ‘The idea is to change the image of France as a nation of fine wines and elegant chateaux only.’
    • ‘The castle, which had always had a significant residential function, declined in military value to become a palace, château, or manor house, while forts and bastioned town walls took its place in warfare.’
    • ‘In the summer of 2000, she planned a two-week trip through Bordeaux, Burgundy and Beaujolais to see historic chateaux.’
    • ‘Tours of the chateau are normally in French, but English language tours are available some mornings.’
    • ‘A monthly allowance from an aged aunt allowed Travers to live the grand life, floating between chateaux, country houses and smart hotels.’
    • ‘I've chosen to come here not only because the name sounds smart - surely the grounds of a French château must be a pleasant place to stay - but also because I don't actually have to sleep under canvas at all.’
    • ‘It was first constructed, we think, some time in the early to mid-17th century as a dower house and would have been quite grand in its time, not unlike the classical French chateaux.’
    • ‘As the classification in Burgundy is given to the vineyard, not to the château or the domaine, the quality of the wine can vary tremendously when a vineyard changes hands.’
    • ‘It is still possible to find real jewels in the Parisian countryside, private family chateaux which, while not strictly speaking hotels, are happy to accommodate guests.’
    • ‘The hotel ballroom was also full of famous bottles from the great chateaux of Bordeaux and these two California wines held their own without a problem.’
    • ‘As agents for a chain of castles in Scotland and Ireland, in addition to French châteaux, Italian villas and Swiss chalets, they will even charter you a yacht.’
    • ‘Can you imagine the uproar if Château Lafite started adding other châteaux's wine to cope with increased demand?’
    • ‘For the third time in 150 years, the vineyards of France were witness to war and the French vignerons and chateaux owners once again set about their wartime tasks.’
    • ‘Equally driven is Jana's husband, Antoine, who gave up working as a banker in the city three years ago and now spends every third week at the château 40 kilometres from Bordeaux running the vineyard.’
    • ‘Modeled after the castles and chateaux of Europe, the mansions are one of Newport's top tourist draws, and are open to the public for walking tours, concerts, educational seminars and more.’
    • ‘The problem is that, apart from Champagne, the top Bordeaux chateaux and the big names in Burgundy and the Rhone, the rest of the country cannot seem to reach the 21st century wine lover.’
    • ‘The advantage with these arrangements is that you can choose the specific château's wine.’
    • ‘This chateau makes wine for Old World claret drinkers rather than for the powerful New World wine critic, Robert Parker.’
    • ‘The Loire Valley of France is famous for its many romantic chateaux and its wines.’
    mansion, stately home, hall, manor, big house, manor house, country house, castle, palace
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Mid 18th century: French, from Old French chastel (see castle).