|Talleyrand, The Prince of diplomats|
Alain Puginier, Château Haut Brion
Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord bought Château Haut-Brion from the Fumel heirs for 255.000 F on 9 Ventose Year IX (28 février 1801). Generaly speaking it is considered that Talleyrand has never visited the Château Haut Brion ad there is no documentary evidence that Talleyrand, ever visited it (even before his purchase). but very few authors write the contrary without giving the dates of the visit or some references He sold the property on 23 Messidor Year XII (12 juillet 1804) to Pierre-Narcisse Michel Sr., a Paris banker, for 300.000 Francs... Talleyrand has made a profit of 45.000 F on the sale, after only three years.