THE 1830s

Alexandre Aguado

La Colonilla’s children weren’t interested in the estate and they sold it to Alexandre Aguado. Alexandre Aguado was the first banker to acquire a great Bordeaux château. His fortune was already immense and Château Margaux didn’t represent to him a chance to increase his fortune but rather an elegant property in which to live.
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La Colonilla’s children weren’t interested in the estate and they sold it to Alexandre Aguado. Alexandre Aguado was the first banker to acquire a great Bordeaux château. His fortune was already immense and Château Margaux didn’t represent to him a chance to increase his fortune but rather an elegant property in which to live.

Aguado quite quickly abandoned his financial activities to become, amongst other things, the sponsor of Rossini, who would compose a zarzuela (a song) entitled…. “Château Margaux”!

He died rather young – in 1836 – having bequeathed his magnificent collection of Italian and Spanish pictures to the Louvre Museum. His essential legacy is the Napoleon III decoration, characteristic of this period, of which the main elements would remain in condition until the sale of the estate by the Ginestets to André Mentzelopoulos.