Our Bordeaux Vineyards
Bordeaux is the reference worldwide for high quality wines with prestigious names like Margaux & St-Emilion. The Romans introduced viticulture during the 1st century to the region.
Bordeaux’s magical equation is defined by the combination of microclimates and soils, which make the notion of Terroir. These Terroirs are represented by 60 appellations spread over 115,000 hectares of vineyards.
The appellation system guarantees a high quality and the secret of the elegance of Bordeaux wine. Countless winegrowers cultivate grape vines, mainly reds (87%). Bordeaux is the leading vineyard for the principal widespread varietals of Merlot and Cabernet.
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru classé
Located on the edge of the limestone plateau and in a hollow on the slopes of Saint-Laurent overlooking the Dordogne valley. Château Laroque dates back to the distant era of Anglo-Norman invasion.
Modern winemaking techniques are used through concrete vats with thermoregulation system. Then, the wine is aged blended between 14 to 16 months within the privacy of two large cellars in barrels crafted from French oak plus 15% Austrian oak, half of which are renewed every year. Bottling occurs 18-20 months after harvesting.
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Château Cantin takes its name from the Latin word, Cantio, a song. Of all the key players in the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation, Château Cantin is undoubtedly the Ténor, the solist that receives all the attention and applause. Most of the buildings that surround the Château’s main courtyard date from the 17th century.
The 33 hectares of vineyards, spread over 26 parcels, flourish on an asteriated limestone plateau combined with Castillon clay. The terroir enjoys excellent levels of sunshine. The average age of the vineyard is 40 years old.
The grapes are harvested by hand with a yield of 28hl to 48 hl per hectare. They are sorted three times to ensure an optimum harvest. The extraction is gentle and aromatic in small thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Maceration lasts three to five weeks and the wine is then matured in oak barrels for 12 months.
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
In 1990, Philippe and Brigitte Tribaudeau decided to set up themselves up in producing their own wine on the familial estate: Mauvinon. Philippe leaved Bordeaux’s Bar and Brigitte brought her technical knowledge to produce a high quality wine in agreement with their terroir
Château Faizeau is located at the highest point of the gently rolling hills of Montagne St Emilion known as the « Tertre de Calon ». Vines have been grown here since the XVIII century.
Lalande de Pomerol
The Château Marcadis property stretches over more than 20 hectares in the Graves de Lalande de Pomerol winegrowing region. The wine-growing commune of Château Marcadis is separated from the Pomerol appellation by a creek, the Barbanne, on a plateau to the west of the village of Lalande de Pomerol.
Les Gravières de Marsac
Second wine of the Château Marsac Séguineau covers 10 hectares (25 acres) in the heart of the Marsac plateau, famed for its quality since the 18th century. It is surrounded by prestigious neighbours from the Margaux Appellation. “Comte de Robien”, past owner of the château, gathered several estates in 1886 to create the vineyard we know today. In the 6th edition of the “Ferret” in 1893, the Château Marsac Séguineau is mentioned for the first time, classified as a “Bourgeois Supérieur”.
Gravelly rises, vestiges of ancient alluvial terraces eroded over thousands of years by paleoclimates in the Quaternary Period. The thickness of the layer of gravel is variable and the subsoil includes limestone, clay and silt. This soil, with its river rocks, flint, and agatoid and lydian stones is naturally suited to making quality wines. The vines are over 30 years old. The harvest is traditional in stainless vats with temperature control.
Château La Fortune
Located on the Gironde's esturary, Margaux is one the most southern appellation of Bordeaux. It is also the only appellation which gathers four villages other than Margaux under its name : Arsac, Cantenac, Labarde, Soussans and Margaux.
Located on a superb, exceptional terroir, with hilltops of ancient gravel from the Pyrenees and the Garonne, Château la Fortune has great character and elegance. This little parcel of 2.5 hectares is literally situated between the two famous château Lascombes and Château Labegorce. Te vine is almost 50 years old.
Having developed expertise and gained experience on many other properties, the Helfrich family, who have managed Château la Fortune since the 2014 vintage, have applied a highly tailored approach, in order to bring out the best in this great wine. Together with Michel Rolland, this talented team has produced a high quality wine with tremendous finesse.
The harvest is made by hand and the winemaking process is traditional vinification. The wine ages for 12 months in 100% new barrel.
Château La Hourcade
Septimius Cecchini, father of the current owner, arrived in the Medoc from Italy with the 1940 exodus. He became later the owner of Château La Hourcade, an estate of nearly 4 hectares at the time. He was both winemaker and postman at the beginning, and father of 8 children.
His son Gino, took over the estate in 1967. He had the opportunity to buy some surroundings parcels up to 4 hectares in 1986. In those days, he also served in the French cavalry, and had to juggle the tasks of both activities. Today the property covers 18 hectares of vines.
Until the 1987 vintage, he sold the production to the local cooperative. In 1988, he decided to leave the cooperative and to be in control of his distribution. He bought nearby plots gradually to expand the property and devoted himself to his two passions, wine and horses.
Today the 18 hectare property has 20 to 25 years old vines.
The soil is made of gravel from the Garonne River. The harvest is mechanical and the winemaking process is traditional in thermo-regulated stainless stell vats.
Château Lestage Simon
The perfect embodiment of a Cru Bourgeois, Château Lestage Simon, located at Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne, beside the great vineyard of Saint-Estèphe, profits from an outstanding terroir, complex and diverse, and whose quintessence is the basis of the chateau’s wines. The situation of the vines varies considerably: some grapes derive from sandy soils along the riverbank, others from limestone and clay-limestone soils further inland. Overall the vines are 30 years old. The Château produces a supple Haut-Médoc, whose structure, richness and balance presage an excellent cellar potential.
Originally from Auvergne, Charles Simon's forbears arrived in the North of the Medoc region in 1820. They set up home in Jau and worked in various trades before becoming a successful winegrower. In 1930, his grandfather purchased 5 Ha of vines in the Medoc which at the time formed the estate of Ch. Lestage. He was also the founder of the wine cooperative of Saint-Seurin de Cadourne. His father added his name when the Crus Bourgeois were classified in 1932, and Château Lestage became Château Lestage Simon. In 1972, Charles Simon took over from his father as head of the estate. At the head of the family estate, he regrouped and reorganized various patches of land to constitute 40 Ha of vineyard on five plots. When he died in 2001, his heirs sold the property to the group belonging to Mr Jean Leprince. In 2007, GCF purchased the estate.
Since the 2010 vintage and in order to optimize the potential of this terroir, Château Lestage Simon has relied on the expert advice of Michel Rolland and his team. A real partnership has been forged between the Château and Michel’s team, which intervenes at the key stages of the whole cycle. Plots are vinified separately in temperature-regulated vats, maceration before fermenting for 7 days at 5 degrees Celcius to extract aromas perfectly then matured in oak barrels for 12 months. 50% are re-newed every year, then blending before being bottled.
Château Cap L'Ousteau
Equidistant from the celebrated crus of Margaux and Saint-Julien, the viticultural commune of Lamarque, occupying a central position within the Médoc terroir.
The Château and its walls date respectively from the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries; amongst its illustrious former occupants it counts Monsieur de Bethman, who was Mayor of the City of Bordeaux, and the Clauzel family.
Château Dumas Cenot
Château Fonfroide is located on the top of a hillside that dominates the left bank of the Durèzes brook, close to a freshwater spring. The word Fonfroide means Fontaine Froide (Cold fountain) because of the small fountain located on the estate.
The cellar dates back from 1777 and faces the courtyard. Château Fonfroide has belonged to the same family since 1676. In 1976, Bernard Dutheillet de Lamothe took the lead of the family estate and started to invest in order to modernize the equipment. His son Hughes joined him in 1988 and has extended the vineyards from 20 hectares in 1991 to 75 hectares nowadays. The vines are overall 25 years old.
The harvest is mechanical. The wine is made using traditional Bordeaux processes in stainless steel vats with temperature control.
Domaine du Cheval Blanc
Domaine du Cheval Blanc is situated in the heart of the Entre-deux-Mers region. This family property, currently managed by Mr. Denis Chaussie, has been producing high-quality red and white Bordeaux wine since 3 generations.
This 42 hectares estate along the lovely tourist road of St. Macaire, Verdelais and Cadillac, perpetuates a family tradition born in the XVII century.
Each bottle of this château is the purest expression of the ‘terroir’, in respect with the traditions, combining history and technicity
Château des Deux Rives
Château les Deux Rives is a small family estate located in the Entre Deux Mers region. The Château was built at the end of the XIXth century, on the hill top. Dominating the Dordogne valley, the estate is orientated South/Southeast.
It benefits from an optimal sunshine period. This geographical position allows a good maturity for the grapes and a natural drainage of the soil. The terroir of the Château, composed of sand and gravel, is ideally suited for the culture of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This is a 19 hectares estate of 25 years old vines.
To produce the best wine as possible, they combine traditional methods with modern technology. To do so, vines are maintened with a great attention and the cellars were equiped with new material. Thanks to an exceptional terroir and a unique know-how, Château les Deux Rives produces a high quality wine.
The harvest is mechanical and the wine making process is traditional vinification in stainless steel vats with temperature control.
Château Mézain is located in the middle of the Entre-deux-Mers region, on a clay/silt terroir. Vincent Despagnes and his sister Sophie are the 6th generation working on the estaste. They are involved in the sustainable farming through the "Charter of quality and integrated farm management" (wine production between Organic and "traditional") and the label IS14001 which assess properties on environment management. Thanks to their investments and efforts, everything is now fully optimised to save energies and the quality and fame of the wine has increasingly improved.
Château Mézain is a 19 hectares estate with over 20 years old vines. The harvest is mechanical and the wine making is traditional vinification in stainless steel vats with temperature control.
The Château Lhorens as been acquired in 1973 by the Lhorens family. They have been winemakers for 4 generations, since the return of Mr Lhorens from Algeria after passing through the vineyards of Corbières. At that time, all the vines were pulled from the fifties and the buildings were abandoned since the beginning of the century. The Château had no cellar. At first, the family decided to create "the vineyards": 30 hectares in one piece surrounding the Château, then the construction of the cellar and finally the restoration of the residential housing and the park.
The Château Lhorens is a remarkable entity for the unity of the vineyards and by the integration of its production facilities in a traditional Bordeaux style. The vines are over 30 years old. The harvest is mechanical and the winemaking process is traditional in concrete vats.