The wine he poured from an old glass
the grape distilled at least twice
the place inherited easily
from bishops, politicians and King.
The first growth he loved
Monsieur Christian –
guardian of the blue pool
pink roses and a caramel tree
fortified juice a white touch –
paid taxes to the elected government
sold bottles for a living
walked in shade
as water flowed up from mountains.
Proprietor with title and vocation,
a travelled homme
le rouge et le blanc.
Written 3 August 2012 after a visit to Chateau de Beaulon