A tour led by Alain Mounolou and one not to missed.

Among the major figures that left a mark in Girondin history are Bertrand de Got, a local aristocrat aka Pope Clement V (1264, 1305/1314) and Henri III king of Navarre (see Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost or “lou nouste Henric” for Gascons) who ultimately became King Henri IV of France from 1589 to 1610.

This is the first of a series of possible visits of interesting sites and monuments connected with these major figures in the South of the Gironde department.

The Day’s Programme

We meet at 10:15 at the church in Uzeste, 8 km west of Bazas, for a guided tour.

Notre-Dame d’Uzeste is a large church in a small village, originally 12 th century but rebuilt in the early 14 th century thanks to generous subsidies from Clement V, with an elegant choir and apse.

The Pope’s vault is there (which accounts for the lush financing), modern stained glass and other very noteworthy features.

Following the visit to the church we drive down to Chateau Cazeneuve, eat our picnic in the splendid grounds.

Château de Cazeneuve a mediaeval fortress overlooking two rivulets, originally a hill top keep in the 11 th century. Later surrounded by a large walled area in the 14 th century, then revamped in the less insecure times of the 17th century. It is lived in by the Sabran-Pontevès family, who are descendants of the original owners, the Sires (lords) d’Albret from whom Henri III/IV was also descended.

The house is extensively furnished with kitchen, cellars, chapel, dungeon. The successive stages of the chateau’s development are well documented. The chateau is surrounded by extensive grounds which provide fine views of the surrounding area.

The guided visit of the house takes approximately 60 to 75 minutes and is followed by a degustation of fine wine. The grounds are open to the public for those who itch for a walk. The cost of the visit is 12 Euros per person.


Please bring your picnic.

Where and how to get there

Uzeste is situated 10 km south to south-west of Langon, 8 km west of Bazas, 5 km south-east of Villandraut. The church can’t possibly be missed. Cazeneuve stands 10 km south via Préchac. For
map-lovers and GPS haters, directions are below:

From Bordeaux:

  • Our advice is to get to the rocade, then aim for A 62 (the Toulouse motorway)
  • Veer south 6 km after Langon towards Pau along A 65, leave at junction 1 Bazas and turn left along D3 (sign for Villandraut),
  • After 5.5 km then left again down D 222
  • After 3 km and you are there!!

From the Entre-Deux-Mers:

  • Aim for Langon and either find your way to Roaillan/Château de Roquetaillade down D 222 (15 km) OR drive 13 km towards Bazas down N 524, turn right to Villandraut at the big roundabout, 6 km then left to Uzeste (D 222).

From the Arès-Arcachon Area:

  • Aim for Biganos-Facture, then D3 (Bazas), Mios, Salles, Belin-Beliet, Hostens, St-Symphorien, Villandraut 1 km right down D 110.


If you would like to join us please either book online or contact Norma B or Alain M whose contact details are in the Membership Directory here

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