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Bordeaux (Medoc and Haut-Medoc)

Chteau la Gorce, Blaignan CB MDOC

The attractive chartreuse of la Gorce was built in 1821 and is situated about 7km. to the north of St. Estèphe. Owned by the Fabre family, Henri Fabre is now in charge of the wine-making and the thirty-seven hectares of meticulously maintained vineyard. 20% new oak barrels are used each year and the wine always exhibits a juicy fruit and deep colour.

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Chteau Patache d'Aux, Bgadan CBS MDOC

From 43 hectares of vineyard, Patrice Ricard and his team make an exciting Cru Bourgeois which is very definitely Cabernet Sauvignon dominated. Recent vintages have been deliciously supple with a juicy, grassy blackcurrant fruitiness and deep colours. The wine is aged in 30% new oak giving an attractive, spicy vanillin nose, adding to the already opulent character of the wine.

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Chteau la Tour de By, CRU BOURGEOIS SUPERIEUR MEDOC

This extensive 70 hectare estate is perfectly positioned on a group of gravely ridges overlooking the Gironde whilst the château’s name comes from the tower that stands in the vineyards which was built in 1825 as a lighthouse to cover the river’s estuary. In the 1960’s, three friends purchased the estate and, since then, have built it up into one of the most successful and consistent of all the Crus Bourgeois. Marc Pagès, who currently manages the property, makes a rigorous selection when he chooses his final cuvées to bottle, discarding anything that does not come up to scratch. These are always deep-coloured, full-flavoured and concentrated wines with a clearly defined, black-berry fruitiness.

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Chteau d'Escurac, CIVRAC-EN-MDOC

The high quality vineyards of Château d'Escurac lie on one of the highest crests in the Medoc, overlooking the whole area, and the estate has recently been equipped with the finest possible winery and barrel store. The character of the soil shows a high proportion of deep gravel, planted to the main Medoc grapes and cultivated using the best techniques. Under the watchful eye of the Landureau family the most up-to-date winemaking techniques and traditional barrel ageing produce wines with finesse, bouquet and distinction.


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Chteau Potensac, ORDONNAC

Château Potensac is owned by the Delon family, owners of Leoville-Las Cases and Nenin. Potensac belies its humble Cru Bourgeois status and regularly outperforms its more illustrious neighbours.The vineyards of Potensac are located in Ordonnac in Médoc. The blend is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, with approximately 40% Merlot and Cabernet Franc combined. Yields are severely restricted to around 35 hl/ha (hectolitres per hectare) and rigorous selection for the 'grand vin' consigns roughly 35% of the harvest to the second wine, named Château Lassalle. Michel and Jean-Hubert Delon do not filter their wines as they prefer the more caring approach of fining with egg whites.

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Chteau Cambon La Pelouse, MACAU

The Cambon la Pelouse is located between Cantemerle and Giscours, two classed Châteaux on one of the highest tops of Macau and bordering the Margaux appellation. The vineyard was completely replanted in 1975. The proprty extends to 60 hectares. In 1996, the property was taken over by Jean-Pierre Marie. The quality of the soil and its geographical location (between two classed growths) were the two deciding factors in his decision to buy the property. Significant investment has been made in the estate and hes is now supported by Gabriel Vialard (former oenologist at Château Smith Haut Lafite).The average age of vines is 25 years old and they are Cabernet Franc 20%, Cabernet-Sauvignon 30% and Merlot 50%.

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Chteau Citran, AVENSAN

Château Citran is a very large estate of 400 hectares of which 90 are vines. The château's moat dates back to the foundation of the original château in the 13th century. It is owned by the Touko-Haus company. The wines are characterised as full and powerful without being overly assertive. They exhibit great finesse.

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Chteau Sociondo Mallet, ST. SEURIN DE CADOURNE

Sociando-Mallet is yet another one of those chateaux which exposes the shortcomings of the 1855 classification of Bordeaux. Never entered into the classification of Cru Classé chateaux, and subsequently classified as a Cru Bourgeois in 1932, it consistently turns out wines which outshine those produced by many of its more illustrious neighbours. Cabernet-Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 40%, plus Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Jean Gautreau purchased Sociando Mallet as a somewhat dilapidated property in 1969. The domaine has well placed vineyards, situated on some well-drained, gravelly outcrops on a clay bed, bordering the river. Strict selection, mature vines, long maceration, new oak and no fining or filtration all go towards producing classic, ageworthy and desirable, yet competitively priced, wines.

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Chteau Cantemerle, MACAU

One of only three Haut-Médoc properties to make it onto the 1855 classification. The chateau is now owned by Groupe SMABTP, with director Phillippe Dambrine and cellar master Pascal Berteau in charge.The vineyards at Cantemerle cover 87 hectares with soils of silica and gravel. Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 40% with the remainder split equally between Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The vines average 30 years of age.

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Chteau Cissac, CISSAC

The first traces of the building that is now Château Cissac and the village of Cissac go back as far as the Romans. In fact, the village of Cissac was a relatively important Roman settlement.Tombs have been found in the village and in the grounds dating from the period of Merovee, the father of Charlemagne.

However, the house as we know it today dates from 1769 as shown on the stone over the main entrance. This style of house is known as a "chartreuse" and was constructed by Louit, the famous architect, for the Abiet family who used it at the time as an art gallery. When the house was reconstructed in 1769, parts of the older building, such as the floor tiles, were incorporated. The tiles in the present dining-room floor bear witness to this. They are very old, hand made and hardened in the sun. There are even traces of foot-marks in some, where a Roman dog must have run across them when they were still drying! In 1940, Louis Vialard went to live at Château Cissac, and in 1941 he married Monique Nouel who joined him at Cissac. They were to have three children - Hélène, Danielle and Pascal. Until 1967 Louis Vialard managed and restored the château and also sold its wine - mostly in the UK. He was assisted in the running of the business by his wife. In 1968, his daughter Danielle Vialard made her first wine. She is now at the head of the various properties known as the Domaines Vialard.

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Chteau Camensac, ST. LAURENT DE MDOC

5eme Cru Classé Haut-Médoc

The vineyards of Camensac cover 75 hectares and are predominantly of gravel. Each vineyard plot, each vintage, and each vat constitute a unique entity, and are treated as such. The winemaking team at Camensac looks above all for fine structure and complexity, though this in no way precludes round, soft tannin. Only the best vats are sold under the Camensac label. Those that do not make it are sold under their second label La Closerie de Camensac.

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Chteau Bernadotte, ST. SAUVEUR HAUT-MEDOC


Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande acquired Château Bernadotte in the Commune of Saint Sauveur which borders the Pauillac appellation to the west close to a number of classified growths and only a few kilometers away from Pichon. This property particularly interested Madame de Lencquesaing, owner of Pichon, first of all because her family have always enjoyed managing Bourgeois growths with great enthusiasm. She was also attracted by the quality of the soil made up of a very fine plateau of gravel on clay, by its position close to Pauillac and by its proximity to prestigious classified growths. Finally, this has enabled her to offer a more extensive selection of wines with a wider price range, but always with reference to and under the signature of Pichon. The château is a stunning residence in the style of the Restoration built in 1860 and renovated in 1989 by the previous owner, Curt Eklund a Swedish industrialist. In 1998, May-Eliane de Lencquesaing and her team made important investments not only in the château, vat room and cellars but also i n the vineyard (a study was made of the soil, vine-stock was replaced, and parcels replanted). New buildings for storage have been built and the property today is fully equipped with all the facilities necessary for the elaboration of a great wine.

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Chteau La Tour Carnet, ST.LAURENT

4eme Cru Classé Haut-Médoc

The actual castel at Château La Tour Carnet is one of the oldest in Bordeaux, dating back to the medieval times and is foten called 'the uncut diamond' due to its fortress like appearance. La Tour Carnet is now owned by Bernard Magrez of Pape-Clement with Jean Cordeau making the wine under the guiding hand of Michel Rolland.

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Chteau La Lagune, LUDON

Coming out of Bordeaux city, Château La Lagune is the first château you meet. Built in the first half of the 18th century as a chartreuse or hunting lodge, it is one of the most elegant buildings in the region, set in 250 acres of which 173 are under vine. At the time of the 1855 classification, La Lagune was owned by la Veuve Jouffrey-Piston who gained the property 3rd growth status. In 1958 it was sold to Mr Brunet who completely restored the château to its former glory, selling it to the champagne house, Ayala in 1961. A few years later in '64, the property was run by Madame Borie who was the first woman to manage a Bordeaux estate and the first to be a cellar master(?) and it was she who completely replanted the whole vineyard.

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