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Chateau Beau Sejour Becot

Château Beau-Séjour Bécot is located just to the west of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion, in the very heart of this prestigious appellation. Classified a Premier Grand Cru Classé until 1986, the château lost its rank as a "Premier", but regained it in 1996 thanks to a ruling by the INAO (Institut National des Appellations d'Origine).The estate was named Beau-Séjour in 1787 by General Jacques de Carle, the proprietor at the time. Michel B ...

Chateau Cambon la Pelouse

Chateau Cambon La Pelouse is one of the oldest producers of wine in the Haut-Medoc region of France, with a history of fine wine that stretches back to the late 17th century. This 35 hectare Bordeaux vineyard has made an impressive contribution to the reputation of the Medoc sub-region, especially in England.The modern history of the vineyard begins in 1996 when it was purchased by Jean Pierre Marie, who renovated the property and provided it wit ...

Chateau Carbonnieux

The history of Carbonnieux goes back a very long way, and records show that wine was made there at least as early as the 12th century. Benedictine monks from Sainte-Croix abbey in Bordeaux replanted and renovated the estate in the 18th century. They took advantage of the exceptionally pale, clear color of the white wine to label it as "Carbonnieux mineral water", which they then proceeded to ship to the sultan of Turkey.Marc Perrin acquired and r ...

Chateau Cos d'Estournel

Chateau Cos d`Estournel is named after its 19th century owner, Louis-Gaspard d'Estournel, and it was he who built the bizarre oriental edifice that is a landmark for any tourist in the Médoc. Today Cos d'Estournel is without doubt the leading estate in St-Estéphe. It is located in the south of the appellation on the border with Pauillac and its vineyards are superbly sited on a south-facing gravel ridge with a high clay content.Château Cos d'E ...

Chateau d'Agassac

Chateau D'Agassac first came to light in the 13th century, built on a marshy plain bordered by a stream, which runs through the estate to the edge of the grounds where a clump of pine trees grows. In the 16th century, the Chateau was the subject of a "renaissance" and two additions in the shape of its new defensive towers. The 20th century was drawing to a close when the estate was acquired by the insurance company Groupama. In good viticultural ...

Chateau Fleur Cardinale

The estate was bought in 2001 by Florence and Dominique Decoster, and it has benefited form major investments which have made Chateau Fleur Cardinale one of the top names of the appellation. They replanted much of the vineyards, as well as totally renovating the winery and chai. They also engaged the services of the ubiquitous Michel Rolland.The two properties owned Decoster family extend across a 23.5 hectare area for the Château Fleur Cardinal ...

Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste

While this chateau has existed since 1737, it didn't get its current name until the 19th century, when it was acquired through marriage by the Lacoste family. The building in its present form was constructed by Pierre-Fredéric Lacoste in 1855, the same year it was designated a fifth growth in the 1855 Classification, but when the family eventually sold it in the 1930s it fell into a state of disrepair. Its fortunes changed in 1978 when its bache ...

Chateau Guiraud

Chateau Guiraud is a large Sauternes property that is the only 1er Cru Classé, with the exception of its illustrious neighbour Chateau d`Yquem, that is located within the commune of Sauternes itself. Guiraud was owned for a short period by the Maxwell family, who invested heavily in the property, although the wines remained fairly pedestrian. In 1981 it was acquired by a Canadian, Hamilton Narby, and he has transformed Guiraud into one of the ve ...

Chateau Haut-Brion

Chateau Haut-Brion is the oldest and by far the smallest of the "Premiers Grands Crus" vineyards of the Gironde 1855 classification. Chateau Haut-Brion is one of the few remaining family-owned domains of the Bordeaux region with a history going back to the 16th century. It has been owned by the American Dillon family since 1935.Situated in what is now Pessac-Leognan, the property finds itself now in the suburbs of the ever-encroaching city of Bor ...

Chateau La Lagune

Chateau La Lagune is a “3eme Cru Classe” property that produces some of the finest wines in the Haut-Medoc AC. La Lagune's history dates back to 1715 when its handsome chateau was constructed. The vineyards were first planted in 1724. La Lagune had hit hard times and fallen into disrepair when Georges Brunet bought it in 1954. He replanted the vineyards and totally renovated the chai. By the time he sold it to the Ayala Champagne firm in 1961 ...

Chateau La Lagune

Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion

In 1664, Madame de Lestonnac bequeathed the domaine of La Mission Haut-Brion to the Peres Lazaristes, a congregation founded by Saint Vincent de Paul. The "good fathers" worked to restore their property to its rightful worth. After them, the Chiapella family (owners in the 19th century) and Woltner family (1919-1983) never stopped improving the vineyard and modernizing the cellars. Since 1983, the Dillon family, already owner of Chateau Haut-Brio ...

Chateau Lespault-Martillac

Chateau Lespault-Martillac is one of the oldest estates in Martillac, and wine has been made here since Roman times. It is located on a magnificent gravelly rise overlooking the commune. The chateau, an 18th century manor house, and the newly-renovated cellars are located in the heart of small vineyard with old Merlot vines producing low yields of high-quality grapes. Run by Olivier Bernard, also the proprietor of Domaine de Chevalier, since 2009 ...

Chateau Lespault-Martillac

Chateau Pape Clement

Chateau Pape Clement is a Cru Classe Graves property that has one of the oldest documented histories of any Bordeaux vineyard, having been planted in 1300 by Bernard de Groth, the future Pope Clement V. In 1939 the estate was bought by the Montagne family and is now owned and run by Leo Montagne.Chateau Pape Clement is located in the Bordeaux suburb of Pessac and consists of a chai and 32 hectares of vineyards, planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (60 ...

Chateau Pichon Baron

The estate was founded in the late 17th Century. This period was known as the Grand Siècle, or “great century”, in reference to Louis XIV’s 1661 accession to the French throne.In 1689 Pierre Desmezures de Rauzan, an influential wine merchant and steward of the prestigious Latour and Margaux estates, bought plots of vines close to the Latour estate to create Enclos Rauzan.These vines were part of his daughter Thérèse’s dowry when she ma ...

Chateau Pichon Baron

Chateau Pontet-Canet

Jean Francois Pontet, Royal Master of the Horse in the early 18th Century, bought and consolidated several plots of land located northwest of Pauillac. Several years later, in 1750, his descendants bought neighboring vineyards in an area named "Canet", thus creating one of the largest estates in the entire Medoc. Chateau Pontet-Canet's topography and soil predestined it to produce great wine. In 1865, the noted wine shipper Hermann Cruse acquired ...

Chateau Quintus

In June 2011, Domaine Clarence Dillon, owners of Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, acquired a beautiful estate in Saint-Emilion, today renamed Château Quintus.The originality of this extraordinary terroir lies in its diversity of soils, slopes and orientations. It is therefore hardly surprising that this wine was featured between 1844 and 1848 - under its old name Château Tertre Daugay - among the 14 most sought after and mo ...

Chateau Rauzan-Segla

The wines here have delighted many well-know figures, most famously Thomas Jefferson, and some decades later, the 1855 Classification ranked Chateau Rauzan-Segla as a Second Growth. The actual chateau was built in 1903, designed by architect Louis Garros, who drew inspiriation from the original Perigord-style buildings in the the chateau, as well as G. LeBreton who designed the park and green spaces.Chateau Rauzan-Segla and Mouton Rothschild were ...

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

Thanks to its 55 hectares of superb gravelly vineyards, Smith Haut Lafitte is often referred to as the "archetypical Graves." The estate's history goes back to the Crusades, and a Scottish navigator, George Smith, who became the owner of the estate in the 18th century. He was followed by M. Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux, and then Louis Eschenauer, a famous wine shipper. In 1990, Daniel Cathiard, former Olympic skiing champion, also fell un ...

Chateau Villa Bel-Air

Chateau Villa Bel-Air is located in the Southern part of Graves, in the parish of Saint-Morillon, near La Brede. Villa Bel-Air's buildings have been listed as part of France's historical monuments and are a perfect illustration of the French Revolution period. In 1777, Louis Dufaure, Marquis de Lajarte, bought a property situated in the parish of Saint-Morillon called Bel-Air de Bellevue. In 1791, he undertook a very fine charterhouse of great ar ...

Domaine Clarence Dillon

Created in 1935, the family-owned and managed company Domaine Clarence Dillon has the unique privilege of producing five rare and exceptional estate wines: two reds and two whites from first-growth Château Haut-Brion and its sibling Château La Mission Haut-Brion. Since the 2011 vintage, they are represent one of the finest wines from St-Emilion: Château Quintus.In 2005, the company created the Bordeaux fine wine merchant Clarence Dillon Wines ...

Domaine Clarence Dillon

Jean-Luc Thunevin

Jean-Luc Thunevin became a "star" of the wine world in less than a decade with his famous garage wine "Château Valandraud". Obsessed by wine, opiniated and dtermined, he finally realized his dream in 1991, first vintage of Chateau Valandraud. This was the start of a fantastic adventure leading to a quick success. From then on, he became the inspiration and kind of a leader for other garagistes. All thess micro cuvees coming from low yield to bec ...

Michel Lynch

The name of Michel Lynch, the knight who owned Chateau Lynch-Bages and was Mayor of Pauillac during the French Revolution, is inextricably linked with the great wines of Bordeaux.Towards the end of the 1980s, the tireless globetrotter in the name of promoting Bordeaux wines, Jean-Michel Cazes devised a sort of spiritual affiliation in honour of Michel Lynch, naming this new range of wines after him. Jean-Michel Cazes is one of Bordeaux's legendar ...

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