The Castle of Talais was built in the 18th century as a pleasure palace and summer residence. The two attractive towers that it features typify the epoch of its construction. It is set in northern Médoc, between the Gironde and the Atlantic coast, 6 km from the seaside resort of Soulac-sur-Mer, on the edge of the village of Talais.
During the French Revolution the castle served as a refuge for hosts of noblemen and women who arrived at Soulac by sea. The owners of the castle continued as wine makers until the 1930s, and during WWII upper echelons of the Wehrmacht were stationed there.
After the war the castle reverted to aristocrats from Bordeaux. From the 1950s the castle was unoccupied and degenerated to the point of decrepitude. It was rescued from destruction, however, by thorough restoration from 1994 to 1996 which returned it to its original condition.