|Looking good for 700 years old|
|The eyes have it (old pun... old eyes)|
So who was this Saint Rosaline, you ask? She was born to a noble family in the neighborhood around 1267. Her mom died while she was young, so dad placed her with relatives for a normal childhood. Normal's relative -- she wound up in an abbey that was run by her aunt, Jeanne de Villeneuve. The abbey, La Celle-Roubaud, was named for the hermit who had gathered a small group of monks there prior to it's reassignment to nuns. [Don't worry about the monks; they were transferred to Aix.] Rosaline found a friend and patron in Jacques Duéze, the Bishop of Fréjus, who later became Pope John XXII. Five years after her death in 1329, Pope John XXII ordered Elzear de Villeneuve, the Bishop of Digne, to exhume and examine her body. Not only was it found incorrupt, as befits a saint, but her eyes were bright and lively, as if she had never died. Elzear immediately ordered her eyes removed from her head and placed in a reliquary so that pilgrims could marvel at the miraculous preservation. Her body was also displayed in a chapel. In 1360, it was placed in a glass coffin so that she could be viewed but insects would not disturb her incorruptness with their corrupt little mandibles and their corrupt little larvae.
|See Dad, just rose petals.|
These days, the estate is mostly vineyard, but the chapel and shrine are of course part of the tour. I don't know how many of those Chateau-Saint-Somebodys actually have their saint on the grounds, but if I were doing a wine-tour, a vineyard with a patron and a reliquary would be my first choice.