The Château Barreyres estate is dominated by a majestic stone building dating back to the 10th century. A real
jewel of the Médoc, this property is enhanced by impressive grounds complete with a private lake. The estate
was once the property of Baron Dupérier de Larsan, who cultivated some 50 hectares. Acquired by the Castel
family in 1971, it has since undergone substantial modernisation and restructuring. Nestled between the
hamlet of d’Arcins and the Gironde river, the location of the vineyard is ideal, perching as it does on the gentle
slopes leading down to the estuary. This is a fitting location because, as Médoc legend has it, in order to
produce great wines, the vines must be able to catch a glimpse of the river…
Cheval Blanc's vineyards (Merlot 39%, Cabernet Franc 57%, Malbec 3%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%) enjoy a variety of soils: gravel, clay and sand, all underpinned by an impermeable sedimentary rock (`crasse de fer'). Fermentation and maceration last 4 weeks in stainless steel vats, followed by 18 months' maturation in new oak barrels. Cheval Blanc produces the most famous Cabernet Franc-based wine in the world and present régisseur Pierre Lurton is amongst the most talented winemakers working in Bordeaux today. Cheval Blanc requires a minimum 10 years of bottle age and the best vintages can last for 50 years or more.
Château de Goëlane was built in the 1850s under the patronage of François Gusman Gras, a wealthy
merchant and fervent supporter of Bonaparte. In 1957, it became the very first of the Castel family’s
acquisitions. A major programme of work was undertaken at this time to renew and extend the vineyard
and to maintain and preserve this splendid property in the Entredeux-Mers area. The gently undulating
vineyard leads from the foot of the little village church in Saint-Léon right up to the château itself, a
striking combination of Gothic and Renaissance styles, which was restored and updated in the 19th century
under the watchful care of its patron. Château de Goëlane is steeped in history, and lies at the heart of a
unique terroir; it is justly proud of its supple, elegant red wines.
With succulent, juicy fruit and a gravely minerality throughout, Lafite’s 2008 Grand Vin has the beautiful elegance so typical of this grand chàteau. Its restrained style sometimes shrouds its brilliance at en primeur tastings but the 2008 Grand Vin displays all the qualities of a wine which will develop into a fantastic First Growth: the tannins are ripe and silky, the cassis-laden fruit is intense and fine, and the savoury finish seems endless. Time is required to add flesh to the bones of this Lafite but at its peak it will be stunning.
Situated in the village of Sainte Eulalie, at the gateway to Bordeaux, Château Malbec is a charming property
dating back to 1860, which was acquired by the Castel family in 1991. The estate boasts an extensive
vineyard, whose wealth lies in its diversity. Large sums have been invested both in the winery and the
vineyard, so that today Château Malbec can congratulate itself on producing a wine worthy of competing with
other appellations generally considered to be more prestigious. The Château is also the site of the Châteaux
Castel Centre for Education, an institution dedicated to promoting the appreciation of wine, and to teaching
Château Montlabert is a lovely dressed stone structure dating back to the 18th century. It is surrounded by
parkland complete with ancient trees, and an erstwhile hunting lodge, which has now been converted into
guest accommodation. This Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is situated on the Libourne road, very close to the Plateau
of Figeac and a place known as “Grâce Dieu”, and less than 600 metres from the illustrious names of the
Grand Crus Classées such as Cheval Blanc, Figeac and Clos de Jacobins. The origins of its name are often
confused with the principal Saint-Emilion vineyards; it was, in fact, given its name back in the 18th century
by Sieur Jean Michel Descazes Montlabert, who built this impressive residence surrounded by parkland. Some
of the trees he planted at that time still survive today.
A bright, golden color on first look. A fresh note marked by distinctive Viognier aromas of white flowers, apricot, acacia and white peach. The fruits come through on the palate, with plenty of richness and body. A well-rounded wine with elegance, power and balance.
Deep and dark red. On the nose intensely aromatic, with black fruits and spices. The palate is full, round and sexy. Round and smooth tannins present through the full bodied, ample wine. Overall a complete wine, with a long finish, with elegance and finesse accompanying the abundance of fruit and well-balanced tannins.
A beautiful ruby color. This wine has pleasant, fresh, red-fruit aromas on the nose, which we find again on the palate. It has rich and very ripe substance, with fine round tannins. It’s a very well-structured and pleasing wine.
Lovingly cared for by a multitude of winegrowers, the common characteristic of Bordeaux’s vineyards is the elegance and freshness of their wines which, while they reflect a rich culture and are are surrounded by a certain grandeur, are nonetheless easy to drink.
The Collection’s Bordeaux Blanc, made from Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, explodes with freshness on the palate, in a direct, straightforward style, going beyond a “high tech” product to offer the simple pleasure of a fresh, lively white. The high proportion of Sémillon in the blend gives it a similar character to R de Rieussec (Château Rieussec’s dry white wine).
Lovingly cared for by a multitude of winegrowers, the common characteristic of Bordeaux’s vineyards is the elegance and freshness of their wines which, while they reflect a rich culture and are surrounded by a certain grandeur, are nonetheless easy to drink.
A wine for every day, for a dinner with friends, or a glass in front of the fire, the Collection’s Bordeaux Rouge is a well-balanced blend of traditional grape varieties consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As the main variety, the Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine the classic elegance of the Lafite style, while the ageing gives it charm and a well-rounded character.
A blend of around 40% Pinot noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier, Brut Premier comprises wine matured in oak tuns produced from three Champagne grape varieties that originate from various crus selected by Louis Roederer. It is aged for 3 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars and left for a minimum of 6 months after dégorgement (disgorging).
This Cabernet Sauvignon is designated a Pays d’Oc Protected Geographical Indication wine. Covering 4 French «departments», it boasts a wide variety of terroirs, each one with different soils and climates, and which, when blended together, create wines with typical characters. There are many contrasts between the harshness of the mountain foothills and the mildness of the Mediterranean coast.
The Chardonnay is a very special aromatic grape variety as it can grow well in many different climates. The typical character of this Chardonnay Vin de France is derived from the blending and the vinification processes which result in a perfect balance of fruit and acidity.
This Chardonnay Grande Réserve, selected from among the terroirs of the Pays d’Oc, is classified as a Protected Geographical Indication wine. The Pays d’Oc’s diversity of soils and Mediterranean climate allow this grape variety to reveal its full potential and particularly its range of tropical fruit aromas. The character and elegance of this wine are derived from the careful selection of the grapes and the particular care taken during the vinification.