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VIGNOBLES GABRIEL & CO / SAS ROBIN : Wine of History, A Dedicated Team

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VIGNOBLES GABRIEL & CO / SAS ROBIN : Wine of History, A Dedicated Team
Vignobles Gabriel & Co - Shanghai Newspaper

Vignobles Gabriel & Co has a rich history that started in 1904 when founder Gabriel Bruneteau founded the Domaine du Grand Moulin at Saint Aubin de Blaye, located 50 kilometres to the north of Bordeaux in the heart of the Blaye vineyards. After Gabriel Bruneteau died, he left a legacy not just to his family but to his beloved hometown as well where he became a mayor while running his vineyard.

Over the years, the Domaine du Grand Moulin took a different path from that traced out by Gabriel, turning to grain and livestock farming. Although the vineyard remained, it changed and dwindled, and was planted solely to Ugni Blanc, a variety renowned for producing dry white wines and Cognac.

With each new successor, the Domaine du Grand Moulin underwent more changes, trying to find its way, but finally recovered its original spirit four generations later.

In 1985, Jean-François Reaud inherited the estate. That year, the great-great-grandson of Gabriel Bruneteau became the owner of the seven remaining hectares of vines. He launched an impressive project, perpetuating the family history by reorganising and modernising the vineyard, which grew and diversified. The estate became Château Le Grand Moulin, covering 25 hectares by the end of the 1990s.

Jean-François Reaud decided to use the name of Château Les Aubiers, a Château’s name belonging to his family, to convert these original 25 hectares in organic farming in 2011. At the same period, the indefatigable Jean-François Reaud developed the surface of Château Le Grand Moulin to reach today 81 hectares, in conventional farming.

THE RIGHT BANK, A SOURCE OF PRIDE

Vignobles Gabriel & Co has the ambition of negotiating entirely and directly with buyers in order to better control the sales and distribution of its wines. In the same spirit of freedom, Vignobles Gabriel & Co has en entirely independent production chain, notably with its own bottling line, allowing it to guarantee reliability and responsiveness.

This double guarantee is coupled with those of traceability and security, in the form of IFS and BRC international certification.

Vignobles Gabriel & Co is therefore free from the constraints of the Bordeaux wine exchange, and can offer an extensive, consistent range in which Rive Droite wines reveal with precision and authenticity the character of each of the estates and the diversity of their appellations: Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux and Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion.

Created in 2009, the Côtes de Bordeaux appellation is a grouping of historic Right Bank vineyards with diverse terroirs. So there is every reason for these grapes to produce enjoyable, elegant and delicious wines and Vignobles Gabriel & Co is eager to present them.

This 2020, Vignobles Gabriel & Co / SAS Robin has been recognized and awarded gold by Shanghai Newspaper and won numerous awards, Vignobles Gabriel & Co / SAS Robin indeed the best with regards on quality.

CHÂTEAU TERTRE DE LAUNAY – ENTRE DEUX MERS – BLANC – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Château Tertre de Launay is one of the first historic names of the Domaine. Its name comes from the geographical location of the vineyard, around the highest point of the Gironde: La Butte de Launay.

Wine-making process : On fine lees, stainless steel vats, regulated temperatures, cold fermentation.

Tasting comments : Surprising by a beautiful pale yellow color and limpid. Nice fruity and floral nose by its scents of citrus, white flowers and menthol. On the palate the wine expresses a good freshness with a very good balance between roundness, vivacity and fruity. The finish is long and subtle with good aromatic persistence.

CHÂTEAU LES AUBIERS – BORDEAUX – ROSE – 2019

Jean-François Reaud love wines for their delicacy and complexity and He is very passionate about the Right Bank. In 1980 He therefore had not the slightest hesitation in taking over the helm of the estate created by his great-grandfather in 1904, and was proud to do so. When he took on the estate it had also started to grow other crops, and the vines covered only 7 hectares. He returned it to its original purpose and restructured, modernised and extended it; today it covers 81 hectares. He is sensitive to environmental issues and He also own Château Les Aubiers which has 25 hectares of vines, organically farmed since 2011.

The name of the Château comes from a locality called Les Aubiers.

Wine-making process : Cold maceration according to grape quality. A slow start to alcoholic fermentation with pumping over 2 or 3 times a day followed by delestage. Three weeks’ gentle maceration at a temperature of 22°C. Aged in cement vats.

Tasting comments : A beautiful deep colour with purple glints. The ripe, intensely fruit-driven nose is emphasised by spicy, woody notes. On the palate, the frank attack softens with well-integrated tannins. An expression of ripe fruit is underpinned with freshness. Velvety and pleasant in style, with great generosity.

LA CLOSERIE SAINT VINCENT – BORDEAUX – BLANC – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Grape varieties: 80% of Sauvignon blanc, 10 % of Sémillon and 10% of Sauvignon gris. 

Wine vinification: Traditional, cool maceration, temperature control.
Tasting notes: Light yellow color. Expressive nose focusing on citrus notes of grapefruit and exotic fruits. In the mouth, it’s full of freshness and liveliness with a nice aromatic complexity. 

Wine and food pairings: Seafood and white fish.

CHÂTEAU SAINT SAUVEUR DUPLESSIS – BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Jean Robert DEBORDES Said Gerard settles after World War II in 1947 he decides to be a cooperator at the Anglade winery and he exploits 6ha in white grape Ugni-white, then his son Jean-Claude settles and creates his exploitation in 1972, which bought it at its nearest neighbor, a surface of 5 ha in ugni_blanc and colombard plus agricultural land. In 1987 following the sharing of land he recovers the 6ha belonging to his father so he will restructure his entire farm by tearing the whites to plant Merlot and Cabernets red grape varieties he is also a cooperator. The son of Jean-Claude, Xavier, have been interested in farming since childhood, so they decide together to create a winery. 1991, and in 1996 the company EARL DEBORDES ET FILS that manages Xavier other surfaces have been added since what makes a total surface of 30 ha.

Blend of grape variety : 95 % Merlot, 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet FrancWine-making process :

Traditional vinification at low starting temperature and short maceration about 10 days

CHÂTEAU MOULIN DE VIGNOLLE – BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Like many wine estates, Château Moulin de Vignolle comes from a family inheritance. My uncle operated the vineyard when my parents, my sister and I joined the estate. In 2004 I became the owner and today I cultivate 28 hectares of vines, of which 20 are planted to red varieties and 8 are planted to white. This profession requires energy and hard work, but I couldn’t do anything else!

One of the estate’s two cellars is situated in a locality called Vignolle, where there is a water mill.

Blend of grape variety : 80 % Merlot, 20 % Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine-making process : Fermentation for 10 days then maceration for 3 weeks. Aged in vats for 6 to 12 months.

Tasting comments : A deep garnet colour with purple glints. The promising nose, combining dark fruit and spicy notes, is frank and delicate. The clean palate with a silky tannic structure offers the same aromatic notes with a subtle, well-integrated woodiness.

Wine pairings :Roast white meats.

CHÂTEAU MOULIN DE VIGNOLLE – BORDEAUX – BLANC – 2019

Like many wine estates, Château Moulin de Vignolle comes from a family inheritance. My uncle operated the vineyard when my parents, my sister and I joined the estate. In 2004 I became the owner and today I cultivate 28 hectares of vines, of which 20 are planted to red varieties and 8 are planted to white. This profession requires energy and hard work, but I couldn’t do anything else!

One of the estate’s two cellars is situated in a locality called Vignolle, where there is a water mill.

Blend of grape variety : 60 % Sauvignon blanc, 20 % Colombard, 20 % Sémillon

Wine-making process : Cold-racked between 12 and 48 hours, fermentation at 16°C. Aged on lees to give unctuosity and roundness.

Tasting comments : Bright and a subtle pale yellow in colour. The characteristic nose with accents of ripe citrus against notes of box is typical of ripe Sauvignon. The palate is supple, beautifully fresh, and tempered by magnificent aromatic maturity in the finish.

Wine pairings : Baked white fish.

CHÂTEAU LES REUILLES TODESCO – BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

It is a family story since the exploitation has already existed for three generations. The origin of this exploitation dates from 1910, when my grandfather, forced to flee his native land of Italy, settles on these lands. He then left the lands to his children who continued to grow the farm which has grown steadily over the years. time to reach today fifty hectares of vineyards in Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur including 85% red and 15% Sauvignon Blanc.

Blend of grape variety : 50% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec

Wine-making process : Traditional vinification in stainless steel vats using new skin maceration techniques for whites and rosés, and sometimes thermovinification for reds (around 10% of production). Tasting notes: Vivid colour. Rich, open, fruit-filled nose.

Tasting comments : Vivid colour. Rich, open, fruit-filled nose. Good structure on the palate; round, creamy tannins; ripe red fruit; marked sweetness; well-proportioned and well-balanced grilled, woody notes. A harmonious, high-quality wine.

CHÂTEAU LUSSAN – BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

The Château’s history goes back to the Middle Ages, but vines and wine have always been part of the estate. The winegrowing property first belonged to the monks of one of the region’s most important abbeys, before passing into the hands of the d’Esparbès de Lussan family, some of whom were governors of the town of Blaye. With this rich history in mind I work with the highest respect for Blaye traditions and pay great attention to the quality of our wines, which since 1876 have often won awards at Bordeaux and Paris shows.

The name of Lussan is the legacy of a former owner of the estate, François d’Esparbès de Lussan.

Blend of grape variety : 100 % Merlot

Wine-making process : Barrelling, maceration prior to fermentation if possible, alcoholic fermentation with pumping over, running off, malolactic fermentation

Tasting comments : Dark in colour with purple glints. The nose is mineral and subtle, opening with fragrances of underbrush The attack is fleshy on the palate with pronounced tannins emphasising aromas of raspberry. The style is classic and easy

Wine pairings : Unmatured goat’s cheese.

CHÂTEAU LES FERMENTEAUX – BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Stephane Herve’s grandparents bought the property in the 1920s, but without devoting themselves entirely to the vineyard. They grew a bit of everything. When Stephane Herve became owner of the estate in 1995, He gave it all the love feel for wine. He planted it to red grapes and built a wine cellar. Today, the vineyard covers 25 hectares. He spend a lot of time amongst on vines and never get tired of it. His favourite part? Vinification, the work in the cellars.

Blend of grape variety : 70 % Merlot, 20 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 % Cabernet Franc and 5 % Malbec

Wine-making process : Yeasting, pumping over and delestage adapted to suit the structure of the wine. Perfect control of temperatures. Three weeks’ fermentation. Aged in cement and stainless steel vats.

Tasting comments : Deep purplish red in colour. A generous fruit-driven nose evoking redcurrant blackberry and cherry. Good body on the palate enveloped by supple tannins leading to balanced aromas of red summer berries. The finish is frank, underpinned by subtle spicy, woody notes.

Wine pairings : Barbecued red meats.

LA CLOSERIE SAINT VINCENT – BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Blend of grape varieties: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine vinification: Pumping over and delestage during alcoholic fermentation, perfect control of temperatures. Racking after malolactic fermentation followed by aging in concrete vats and stainless tanks.
Tasting notes : The garnet colour is still young. Pleasant fruity nose. Smooth and fresh on the palate. A very harmonious and easy to drink Bordeaux.
Wine and food pairings: grilled beef.

MARQUIS DE TALANDIER – BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Blend of grape varieties: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaking process: Pumping over and delestage during alcoholic fermentation, perfect control of temperatures. Racking after malolactic fermentation followed by aging in concrete vats and stainless tanks.
Tasting notes: The garnet color is still young. Pleasant fruity nose. Smooth and fresh on the palate. A very harmonious and easy to drink Bordeaux.
Wine pairings: grilled beef.

CHÂTEAU HAUT CORMIER – BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Blend of grape variety : 95 % Merlot, 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine-making process :Traditional vinification, barrelling, maceration prior to fermentation if possible, alcoholic fermentation with pumping over, running off.

Tasting comments : A pretty colour with deep purple glints. A subtle nose with fresh fruit and woody and spicy aromas, some amylic notes. The palate is appealing for its pleasant tannins, its fruit, its generous fleshiness. The whole is well integrated, harmonious, with a beautifully fresh, fruity finish.

Wine pairings : White meats with sauce.

CHÂTEAU LE ROUDIER – BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

The property has been in the family since 1958 when my maternal grandfather acquired the 5.5- hectares vineyard planted with white grapevines. Ten years later, my father launched operations at the estate and replanted it entirely with red grapevines. Following the family heritage of winemaking, my wife and I took over the estate in 1991, expanding the estate to 25 hectares.

Village: Maransin
Total surface of the vineyard: 25 hectares
Type of soils: Clay
Wine vinification: Traditional vinification with perfect control of temperatures for the entire production.
Tasting notes: Intense garnet color. The nose is a pleasant aroma dark fruits, spices, and wooden box. A full-bodied wine with notes of ripe summer berries and elegant wood lead to a long distinctive finish.
Wine and Food pairing: Grilled white meats.

CHÂTEAU MALLARD LES ROUSSEAUX – BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Village: Cartelègue
Vineyard surface: 21 hectares
Soils: 40% clay and limestone, 30% gravels, 30% sand
Blend of grape varieties: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec
Wine-making process: traditional, cold maceration, control of the temperatures, 3 weeks of fermentation.
Tasting comment: Nice ruby color. Smooth and fruity wine with silky tannins.
Wine pairing: grilled beef.

CHÂTEAU HAUT LA GARDE – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

The property has been in my family since the 1920s-1930s, and a large part of its history is due to my father: he ran the estate for nearly 40 years before bequeathing it to me in 2007. I have unhesitatingly and determinedly continued the work started on the 27 hectares of vines, and today, I manage the family estate as well as my other vineyard, out of love for the Bordeaux winegrowing area.

Village: Saint Seurin de Cursac
Total surface of the vineyard: 27 hectares
Type of soils: Primarily clay-limestone soils
Blend of grape varieties: 85 % Merlot, 10 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 % Malbec
Wine vinification: Pumping over and delestage adapted to suit the structure of the wine. Full control of temperatures. Three weeks’ fermentation. Aged in cement vats.
Tasting notes: A rich deep purple color. The nose of ripe fruit evokes the aromas of cherries, promising a powerful wine. In the mouth, the attack is lively, and red fruit quickly predominates, leading into smooth tannins – a proud and exemplary example of the character and style of a great appellation.

CHÂTEAU HAUT LA VALETTE – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Wine growing is a passion passed on from father to son. Jean-Michel Bergeron followed the footsteps of his father, who owned a 10- hectares estate, by founding Château Haut La Valette in 1978. Over the years, Jean-Michel Bergeron have joined the two estates together to make a 22- hectares family-run vineyard. The most satisfying work is that along with his son, who has joined the company after studying winegrowing, winemaking, and gathered work experience in several different appellations. Château Haut La Valette characters are complementary, and his presence helps to invigorate and perpetuate their family heritage.

Village: Cars
Total surface of the vineyard: 23 hectares
Type of soils: Primarily clay limestone soils followed by sandy clay and red clay soils
Blend of grape varieties: 75 % Merlot, 15 % Malbec and 10 % Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine vinification: Yeasting, pumping over and delestage adapted to suit the structure of the wine. Full control of temperatures. Three weeks fermentation. Aged in stainless steel vats.
Tasting notes: Purple in color, it opens with generous notes of fresh summer berries on the nose. The mouth is rich with powerful tannins that fade into aromas of ripe redcurrants. A perfectly balanced and lively wine with marked sweetness. An accomplished wine of classic style that highlights the appellation’s finest terroirs.
Wine and Food pairing: White meats with sauce.

CHÂTEAU HAUT LIGNAC – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Established in January 1999, Sébastien Ninaud began to farm 8 hectares of vines in the municipality of Saint- Androny. The following year, he acquired 8 hectares of land on which he gradually planted vines. Since 2018, it operates nearly 16 hectares of vineyards. In March 2019, he took over his parent’s vines and created SAS Vignobles Ninaud. The SAS Vignobles Ninaud currently has 35 hectares in the municipality of Saint-Androny. Located in Lieu dit Lignac, Château Haut Lignac is part of the Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux appellation and is based on a clay-limestone terroir. The vineyard consists mainly of the merlot and cabernet sauvignon grape varieties.

Village: Saint-Androny
Vineyard surface: 35 hectares
Soils: Clay-limestone
Grape varieties: 90 % Merlot, 10% Cabernet sauvignon Winemaking process: Cold maceration depending on the quality of the grapes. Slow start of alcoholic fermentation with 2 to 3 times a day and then shedding. 3-week soft maceration at 22°C. Maturing in cement tank.
Tasting notes: The color is a beautiful deep purple. On the nose, aromas of spices and ripe black fruits. The palate is fresh and smooth fruitiness coated with polished tannins.
Wine pairings: Spiced chicken.

CHÂTEAU LA GRANGE D\’ORLEAN – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2018

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Anne Venancy was born in Blaye, love for this region has remained constant ever since! She decided to set up her own business in 1985, and started by purchasing 5 hectares of vineyard from the Bourcier family who are very well known in the region. She work together with my husband, who was initially a boilermaker. It was thanks to his husband invaluable help that now she owned 12 hectares divided between Eyrans and Saint-Androny.

Village: Eyrans / St Androny
Total surface of the vineyard: 12 hectares
Type of soils: Clay-limestone
Blend of grape varieties: 75 % Merlot ,15 % Cabernet and 10 % Malbec
Wine vinification: Cold maceration prior to fermentation depending on the year. Alcoholic fermentation at a maximum temperature of 25°C. Aged in concrete and stainless-steel vats.
Tasting notes: The color is a deep purple. The nose has great depth and is marked with aromas of ripe blackcurrant. The well-balanced palate is a subtle combination of silky tannins and delicate fruit. The finish lingers with notes of wild berries.
Wine and Food pairing: Grilled lamb.

CHÂTEAU LES AUBIERS – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

The love wines for their delicacy and complexity and Jean-François Reaud passionate about the Right Bank of Bordeaux. Back in 1980, He proudly, and unwaveringly took over the helm of the wine estate that was created by his great-grandfather in 1904. Back then, the vines only covered 7 hectares, but with the vision of returning the estate to its original purpose, He restructured, modernized, and expanded the estate that today covers 81 hectares. Jean-François Reaud sensitive to environmental issues, and He also own Château Les Aubiers, which has 25 hectares of organically farmed vines since 2011.

Village: Saint Aubin de Blaye
Total surface of the vineyard: 25 hectares
Type of soils: Sandy gravel
Blend of grape varieties: 80 % Merlot, 15 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 % Malbec
Wine vinification: Cold maceration according to grape quality. A slow start to alcoholic fermentation with pumping over 2 or 3 times a day followed by delestage. 3 weeks gentle maceration at a temperature of 22°C.Aged in cement vats.
Tasting notes: Beautiful deep color with purple glints. Spicy and woody notes emphasize the ripe, intensely fruit-driven nose. On the palate, the initial flavors soften with well-integrated tannins. An expression of ripe fruit is underpinned with freshness. Velvety and pleasant in style, with great generosity.
Wine and Food pairing: Chicken with spices

CHÂTEAU LES GRAVES DU CHAMP DES CHAILS – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

As passionate about wine as my great-grandfather, in the 1980s, I took over the family estate founded in 1904. With a desire to continue producing quality wines, I bought new plots and restructured the entire vineyard, massively replanting more exceptional grape varieties and modernizing the cellars. I’m proud to continue writing the history of this family estate.

Village: Saint Aubin de Blaye
Total surface of the vineyard: 13 hectares Type of soils: sandy gravel
Blend of grape varieties: 95% Merlot et 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine vinification: traditional, cold maceration, control of the
temperatures, 3 weeks of fermentation. Ageing in cement tanks
between 6 and 18 months.
Tasting notes: Fresh nose of cherry and black currant. Round,
supple and elegant in the mouth. Very pleasant sensation of freshness.
Wine and food pairings: beef and vegetables stew, cooked meats

CHÂTEAU MALLARD LES ROUSSEAUX – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Village: Cartelègue
Vineyard surface: 21 hectares
Soils: 40% clay and limestone, 30% gravels, 30% sand
Blend of grape varieties: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec
Wine-making process: traditional, cold maceration, control of the temperatures, 3 weeks of fermentation.
Tasting comment: Nice ruby color. Smooth and fruity wine with silky tannins.
Wine pairing: grilled beef.

CHÂTEAU MOULIN DES BLAIS – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

The farm has been in the same family since the 17th century. Our ancestors were millers. The polyculture and livestock have evolved over generations. The vineyard has gradually taken over other productions that were stopped in the 90s. In 2014, I took over the farm and converted to it to organic farming.

Village: Saint Christoly de Blaye et Teuillac 

Total area of the vineyard: 26 hectares
Soils Type: Clay-silt, sandy, clay-limestone
Blend of grape varieties: 60 % Merlot, 30 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec
Vinification and aging: Vinification and traditional breeding in stainless steel, concrete and fiber tanks.

CHÂTEAU POUYAU DE BOISSET CUVÉE RÉSERVE – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Patricia Beunard settled at Pouyau de Boisset in 2002 with her husband. She is very proud to have taken on this estate, which since its foundation has been passed down from woman to woman, and which is charged with history. Pouyau de Boisset belonged to the Maison Forte de Boisset, a fortified manor house built in the 15th century, which even appeared in the Cocks & Féret wine directory as a Premier Cru Bourgeois.

Location : BersonVineyard surface : 9 hectaresSoils : Clay-limestone

Blend of grape variety : 70 % Merlot, 30 % Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine-making process : Fermentation for 10 days then gentle maceration for up to 3 weeks. Running off and pressing of pomace before blending. Malolactic fermentation and aging in concrete vats.

Tasting comments :  Strong, deep garnet colour. The subtle nose opens with notes of fresh fruit and red berries. The attack is frank, supple and full-bodied. Tangy aromas mingle with notes of liquorice. A harmonious, generous wine.

Wine pairings : Shoulder of lamb.

CHÂTEAU TOUR DE LA MOTHE – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Michelle Brimaud parents had owned the estate since 1981 and planted the whole vineyard. Their skills were very traditional: Her father aged his wines in huge barrels called foudres. After taking over, they expanded and modernized the estate. Today it covers 38 hectares, and they have set up storage and vinification cellars there.

Village: Mazion
Total surface of the vineyard: 13 hectares
Type of soils: Calcareous clay and sandy
Blend of grape varieties: 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine vinification: Cold maceration for 3-4 days prior to fermentation. Turbo-punching of the cap for gentle extraction. Length of maceration adapted according to the year. Aged in cement and stainless-steel vats.
Tasting notes: A deep purple color. Aromas open up to crushed fruit with some blackcurrant, and notes of oak. Straight and powerful with plenty of fruits and spices on the palate. A traditional and pleasant style.
Wine and Food pairing: Red meat

CHÂTEAU DU LUC – COTES DE BOURG – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Lionel Lorente family has always owned vineyards, but winegrowing wasn’t their main business: it was running the local shop. Lionel Lorente always loved wine for its intricate and evocative character. So, in 1992, he bought 1.5 hectares of vines that belonged to his grandmother. Over the years, He managed to build up a vineyard that covers 14 (and soon 19) hectares. He manage the vines organically, the best method to craft wines that are truest to their terroir.

Village: Bayon sur Gironde
Total surface of the vineyard: 14 hectares
Type of soils: Mainly clay-limestone with some silt
Blend of grape varieties: 80 % Merlot, 10 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 5
% Malbec and 5 % Cabernet Franc
Wine vinification: Cold maceration prior to fermentation. Delestage adapted to suit the structure of the wine. Three weeks’ fermentation. Aged in vats.
Tasting notes: The wine is shot through with cherry red glints. The nose gradually becomes more potent with subtle, roasted, woody notes. Well-structured full-bodied with ripe fruit notes.

CHÂTEAU LES AUBASTONS – COTES DE BOURG – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Château Les Aubastons is David Arnaud family’s largest estate: It covers nine unfragmented hectares, at the heart of which lies an old Gironde-style house that used to be used by the estate workers. David Arnaud represent the fifth generation to operate the vineyard, and His very proud to be able to perpetuate its reputation and traditional know-how. They have always striven to focus on the expression of the terroir and the quality of their wines.

Village: Teuillac
Total surface of the vineyard: 9 hectares
Type of soils: Clay gravel
Blend of grape varieties: 90 % Merlot, 10 % Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine vinification: Once harvested the grapes are sorted automatically. Cold maceration prior to fermentation for 48 hours. Barrel fermentation for 15 days at 25-27°C. Pomace pressed with pneumatic press. Wines matured in concrete vats for 8 months.
Tasting notes: Garnet in color with intense, dark purple glints. On the nose, the fruit evokes tangy berries from the garden with clarity and power. Full-bodied in the mouth, with velvety tannins with a subtle sweetness. The fruit is tinged with pleasant spicy, roasted aromas. This pleasant wine is an accomplished blend.
Wine and Food pairing: White meats with sauce

CHÂTEAU MOULIN DE GAURIAC – COTES DE BOURG – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Château Moulin de Gauriac, which has been handed down from father to son, has achieved recognition with Jean Blanc. Now aged ninety, he is the current owner and has entrusted us with managing it as tenants. Jean Blanc has devoted himself to the vineyard and winemaking, founding the Gauriac vinification cooperative. Over the years, he progressively acquired plots of vines and expanded his father’s vineyard, which went from 1.5 hectares in 1950 to a little more than 10 hectares today. We are very proud to be following in his footsteps since 2014.

Village: Lansac
Total surface of the vineyard: 10,5 hectares
Type of soils: Mainly sandy silt with a small proportion of clay in the Comps Gauriac and Bayon district sand mainly clay-limestone and sandstone with sandy silt in the Lansac district.
Blend of grape varieties: 85 % Merlot, 10 % Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec
Wine vinification: Yeasting, pumping over twice a day, adapted to suit the structure of the wine. Temperatures maintained at 24°C for gentle maceration.
Tasting notes: Intense crimson color. The nose evokes a powerful terroir in which the grapes grow to full maturity. The attack in the mouth is frank with pronounced tannins; the palate then opens up with aromas of juicy, freshly picked strawberries. The finish brings notes of toast and butter.
Wine and Food pairing: Grilled white meats

CHÂTEAU MOULIN DES BLAIS – COTES DE BOURG – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

The farm has been in the same family since the 17th century. Our ancestors were millers. The polyculture and livestock have evolved over generations. The vineyard has gradually taken over other productions that were stopped in the 90s. In 2014, I took over the farm and converted to it to organic farming.

Village: Saint Christoly de Blaye et Teuillac Total area of the vineyard: 26 hectares
Soils Type: Clay-silt, sandy, clay-limestone
Blend of grape varieties: 60 % Merlot, 30 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec
Vinification and aging: Vinification and traditional breeding in stainless steel, concrete and fiber tanks.

CHÂTEAU PLAIZIRS CUVÉE PRESTIGE – COTES DE BOURG – ROUGE – 2018

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

We had been established at Château Haut Landon for almost a decade when in 1997 we decided to take over from our parents at Château Plaizirs. They had owned the estate since 1981 and planted the whole vineyard. Their skills were very traditional: my father even aged his wines in huge barrels called foudres. After taking over, we have expanded and modernised the estate. Today it covers 38 hectares and we have set up our storage and vinification cellars there.

Location : Mazion

Vineyard surface : 5 hectares

Soils : Clay-limestone for the most part with some plots with gravel deposits

Blend of grape variety : 90 % Merlot, 10 % Malbec

Wine-making process : Cold maceration for 3-4 days prior to fermentation. Turbo-punching of the cap for gentle extraction. Length of maceration adapted according to the year. Aged in cement and stainless steel vats.

Tasting comments : Intense colour with purple glints. The nose, with a highly concentrated aroma of fresh blackcurrant is very powerful. This continues on the palate, well structured and supple with delicate balance. The finish is clean and dominated by fresh summer berries. This unconventional style is very appealing.

Wine pairings : Meats in sauce.

CHÂTEAU SIRAC CUVÉE CANTEGRIT – COTES DE BOURG – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

The vineyard is owned by the Faux Family since 1886 (5th generation), and the Bousseau family have been farmers there. Sirac is the name of a locality where the farm is located which appear on the royal plans of Belleyme, a map that dates back to 1789, as well as the locality Cantegrit (cricket songs in Gascon) on the commune of Prignac and Marcamps.

Village: Prignac et Marcamps
Total surface area of vineyard: 10 hectares
Soil type: Clay and limestone
Blend of grapes: 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinification and maturing: Stainless steel vats, long maceration.
Tasting notes: The color is a deep and intense purple. The aroma opens to crisp fruit. This full bodied wine has notes of fresh herb and tart red fruits that lead to a toasty woodiness and lengthy finish.
Food and wine pairing: Beef fillet

CHÂTEAU DES ROCHERS – CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

Patricia Aroldi’s family cultivated the vines at Château Rochers Bellevue for three generations taking the utmost care to express the full subtlety of Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux wines. Guided by her family passion, it was natural to take over the helm from father with Patricia Aroldi companion, Lilian. The vines situated on clay-limestones lopes extend beyond the Saint-Emilion hillside plots. Since 2003, they have practiced biodynamic winegrowing convinced of its benefits for our grapes.

Village: Belves de Castillon
Total surface of the vineyard: 14 hectares
Type of soils: Clay-limestone
Blend of grape varieties: 84 % Merlot, 16 % Cabernet Franc
Wine vinification: Destemming, manual sorting followed by fermentation. Macerated for 3 to 6 weeks. Temperatures controlled by thermo-regulation. No inputs added, apart from SO2 if necessary.
Tasting notes: Bright, deep garnet in color. The nose evokes underbrush in the autumn. The palate is powerful, with aromas of very ripe fruit accompanied by delicate notes of cedar. This biodynamically produced wine encapsulates the exceptional Castillon terroir, leaving room for nature. A natural wine without technological artifice.
Wine and Food pairing: Shoulder of mutton.

CHÂTEAU TOUR D\’HORABLE – CASTILLON COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

In 2008, I joined the family estate and founded a company under the family name to perpetuate the know-how built over five generations of winemaking. Château Tour d’Horable belonged to my grandfather, who came from a family of coopers (French barrel manufacturers). But the family tree is extensive at Château Tour d’Horable, since it includes generations of families of current employees. A true family business! The wines we craft together are expressive and authentic, just like our soil and our winegrowers.

Village: Castillon la Bataille
Total surface of the vineyard: 6,5 hectares
Type of soils: Clay-limestone
Blend of grape varieties: 90 % Merlot, 10 % Cabernet Franc
Wine vinification: The juice is cold-racked. Temperatures are kept at 25°C during alcoholic fermentation with cap punching for gentle extraction. Maceration for three weeks and running off. Aged in thermo regulated stainless steel vats.
Tasting notes: The color is deep; the aroma is a delicate combination of caramel, vanilla, and intense fruit. The palate is clean with firm tannins, nuanced with crushed blackcurrant for a long elegant finish. This is a well-crafted wine by an expert winemaker.
Wine and Food pairing: Grilled white meats

CHÂTEAU THOMAS – FRANCS COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2018

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

David Labatut’s family has run the estate for four generations. He is very proud to be able to perpetuate the family know-how and to think that thier vineyard has grown from 4 to 23 hectares! They maintain impeccably high standards in managing the vines to offer quality wines and ensure that tasting them is a guaranteed pleasure.

Village: Saint Cibard et Lussac
Total surface of the vineyard: 23 hectares
Type of soils: Clay-limestone
Blend of grape varieties: 70 % Merlot, 20 % Cabernet Franc and 10 % Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine vinification: Cold maceration according to grape quality. A slow start to alcoholic fermentation with pumping over twice a day. Three weeks’ gentle maceration at a temperature of 22°C. Aged in cement vats.
Tasting notes: Deep color with garnet tints. Open on the nose. The palate has a rich tannic structure with aromas of generous, fresh summer berries. Well-balanced, it is crafted with finesse to make a lively, accessible wine.
Wine and Food pairing: Grilled white meats

CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE DES MAUBERTS – SAINTE FOY COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Gold by Shanghai Newspaper

At a very young age, Christophe Porcher learned to love and respect the soil, alongside his “spiritual” father, who was one the first organic winegrowers during the late 1970s. Christophe Porcher continued to develop and learn more about organic wine growing and winemaking through numerous placements in various vineyards located in Beaujolais, Médoc, Languedoc, and the Loire. Driven by the idea of setting up his own business, in 2011 and became the owner of a 5.5-hectare vineyard to the south of Sainte-Foy-La- Grande that He reorganized and expanded years later to 10.5 hectares and more extensive cellar.

Village : Les Lèves-et-Thoumeyragues
Total surface of the vineyard: 10,5 hectares
Type of soils: Silt, clay and sand with a large part of the vineyard being clay-limestone soil
Blend of grape varieties: 50 % Merlot, 30 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 20 % Cabernet Franc
Wine vinification: Vinified without sulfites. Minimum air contact during the process. Oxygen added in homeopathic form during fermentation if required. Three weeks’ fermentation. Malolactic fermentation.
Tasting notes: The color is a dazzling deep crimson. Alluring aromas of ripe grapes; full-bodied wine with savory mouth-drying tannins. This organic wine is sure to please.
Wine and Food pairing: Roast beef

LA CLOSERIE SAINT VINCENT – BORDEAUX – ROSE – 2019

Awarded Silver by Shanghai Newspaper

Village: Soussac (Entre-deux-Mers)
Total surface area of vineyard: 23.5 hectares
Soil types: Clay and limestone
Blend of grapes: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc.
Wine vinification: Vinification by direct pressing with a pneumatic press, temperature regulated between 16 and 18°C during fermentation, which lasts from 2 to 3 weeks. Clarification followed by filtering.
Tasting notes: The color is pale against a very light bright pink. The nose is bursting with notes of tart candy; the palate is supple and fresh, marked by pear aromas. Altogether it is generous, extremely thirst- quenching, and very drinkable. A true pressed rosé made to perfection.
Wine and food pairing: Marinated chicken skewers.

SEIGNEUR DE LA TOUR – BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Silver by Shanghai Newspaper

Parents of Michelle Brimaud had owned the estate since 1981 and planted the whole vineyard. Their skills were very traditional: Her father aged his wines in huge barrels called foudres. After taking over, they expanded and modernized the estate. Today it covers 38 hectares, and they have set up our storage and vinification cellars there.

Village: Mazion
Total surface of the vineyard: 13 hectares
Type of soils: Calcareous clay and sandy
Blend of grape varieties: 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine vinification: Cold maceration for 3-4 days prior to fermentation. Turbo-punching of the cap for gentle extraction. Length of maceration adapted according to the year. Aged in cement and stainless-steel vats.
Tasting notes: A deep purple color. Aromas open up to crushed fruit with some blackcurrant, and notes of oak. Straight and powerful with plenty of fruits and spices on the palate. A traditional and pleasant style.
Wine and Food pairing: Red meat.

CHÂTEAU LE ROUDIER – BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Silver by Shanghai Newspaper

The property has been in the family since 1958 when my maternal grandfather acquired the 5.5- hectares vineyard planted with white grapevines. Ten years later, my father launched operations at the estate and replanted it entirely with red grapevines. Following the family heritage of winemaking, my wife and I took over the estate in 1991, expanding the estate to 25 hectares.

Village: Maransin
Total surface of the vineyard: 25 hectares
Type of soils: Clay
Blend of grape varieties: 75 % Merlot, 15 % Cabernet Franc and 10 % Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine vinification: Traditional vinification with perfect control of temperatures for the entire production.
Tasting notes: Intense garnet color. The nose is a pleasant aroma dark fruits, spices, and wooden box. A full-bodied wine with notes of ripe summer berries and elegant wood lead to a long distinctive finish.
Wine and Food pairing: Grilled white meats

CHÂTEAU HAUT CORMIER – BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Silver by Shanghai Newspaper

As passionate about wine as my great-grandfather, in the 1980s I took over the family estate founded in 1904 and called at the time Le Cormier. With a desire to continue producing quality wines, I have bought new plots and restructured the entire vineyard, massively replanting the finer grape varieties and modernising the cellars. I’m proud to continue writing the history of this family estate, which I have renamed Château Haut Cormier to give it the recognition that it merits.

Location : Saint Aubin de Blaye

Vineyard surface : 13 hectares

Soils : Sandy gravel

Blend of grape variety : 95 % Merlot, 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine-making process : Traditional vinification, barrelling, maceration prior to fermentation if possible, alcoholic fermentation with pumping over, running off.

Tasting comments : A pretty colour with deep purple glints. A subtle nose with fresh fruit and woody and spicy aromas, some amylic notes. The palate is appealing for its pleasant tannins, its fruit, its generous fleshiness. The whole is well integrated, harmonious, with a beautifully fresh, fruity finish.

Wine pairings : White meats with sauce.

CHÂTEAU HAUT LANDON – BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Silver by Shanghai Newspaper

For more than ten years, Michelle Brimaud lived at Château Haut Landon, which has been in the family since 1981. It was her parents that planted the vineyard and taught  the traditional methods of making wines. Her father aged his wines in huge barrels called foudres (large wooden vats). When she took over the estate, they have expanded and modernized the winery. Today, Château Haut Landon covers 38 hectares that include a cellar and winery.

Village: Mazion
Total surface of the vineyard: 33 hectares
Type of soils: Clay-limestone for the most part with some plots with gravel deposits
Blend of grape varieties: 74 % Merlot, 11 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 % Malbec
Wine vinification: Cold maceration for 3-4 days prior to fermentation. Turbo- punching of the cap for gentle extraction. Length of maceration adapted according to the year. Aged in cement and stainless-steel vats.
Tasting notes: The color is beautifully intense. The nose opens with aromas of spice box and peanuts. The attack is supple in the mouth, accompanied by fine tannins that give the most interesting sweetness. The long finish is wrapped with harmonious notes of ripe fruit and wood.

CHÂTEAU LA ROSERAIE DE GALTUS – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Silver by Shanghai Newspaper

When Didier Sicaud grandmother settled in Fours in 1937, the vineyard covered 2.8 hectares. They’ve come a long way since then! His parents took over from her in 1965, making the most of the rich clay and limestone soil and continuing to expand the vineyard until it covered 15 hectares in 1980. Didier Sicaud naturally inherited this passion for the terroir. The vineyard now covers 30 hectares. Didier Sicaud had two brothers, Patrice and Cédric, have joined also in continuing to honour the memory of their grandmother with a round, fruity and generous wine crafted mainly from Merlot.

Location : Fours 

Vineyard surface : 7.25 hectares

Soils : Calcareous-clay

Blend of grape variety : 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine-making process :  Traditional. Maceration before fermentation, fermentation during 3 weeks. Ageing during 6 months in cement tanks.

Tasting comments :  Red ruby color and aromas of ripe almost candied fruits. Smooth and fruity wine with round and melted tannins. Delicate finish.

Wine pairings : Red meat stews, grilled red meats, cheese.

CHÂTEAU LUSSAN – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Silver by Shanghai Newspaper

The Château’s history goes back to the Middle Ages when it was one of the region’s most important abbeys and where moks first planted the vineyards. Over time, the Chateau passed in to the hands of the d’Esparbès de Lussan family, some of whom were governors of the town of Blaye .With this rich history in mind I work with the highest respect for Blaye tradition sand pay great attention to the quality of our wines, that since 1876, have received many accolades at Bordeaux and Paris shows.

Village: Pleine Selve
Total surface of the vineyard: 20 hectares
Type of soils: Mainly sandy clay soil with some sandy plots
Blend of grape varieties: 100 % Merlot
Wine vinification: Barreling, maceration prior to fermentation if possible, alcoholic fermentation with pumping over, running off, malolactic fermentation.
Tasting notes: Dark in color with purple glints. The nose is mineral and subtle, opening with fragrances of underbrush. Full-bodied wine with a round mouth feel with pronounced tannins emphasizing aromas of raspberry. The style is classic and elegant.
Wine and Food pairing: Unmatured goats cheese

CHÂTEAU SUBILAUX – BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Silver by Shanghai Newspaper

Second generation winemakers, installed on 7 hectares in 1998, today 27 hectares which consists of Bordeaux and Blaye Côtes des Bordeaux. A locality of cadastre plot, in the municipality of Saint Palais de Blaye.

Village: Pleine Selve
Vineyard surface: 10 hectares
Soils: Sandy-clay
Grape varieties: 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5%
Cabernet Franc
Wine-making process: Stainless steel tank. Pre-fermentation
maceration, vatting for 3 weeks, malolactic fermentation.
Tasting notes: Note of fresh fruit, acidulous sweetness, with a
volume in the mouth and a remarkable structure, supported by an intense color.
Wine pairings: Roasted, grilled meats, fresh vegetables.

CHÂTEAU MOULIN DES RICHARDS – COTES DE BOURG – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Silver by Shanghai Newspaper

Wine has been a passion for my family since 1772. Our ancestors were winegrowers and cultivated some of the historical plots in the vineyard that still exist today. In 1956, my father combined his parents’ plots with those belonging to his wife to create Moulin des Richards. I enjoy recalling that the 70 hectares vineyard we now have covered only 4 hectares at the time. I joined in 1980, and upon finishing my winemaking studies, I took over in 1998. With the highest respect for longstanding family traditions, I have equipped the estate with modern oenological techniques. Since 2010 my son Damien has continued the family winegrowing vocation by joining me, bringing fresh new ideas born from his experience throughout the world.

Village: Mombrier
Total surface of the vineyard: 70 hectares
Type of soils: Clay-limestone with some gravel deposits
Blend of grape varieties: 80 % Merlot, 10 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 10
% Cabernet Franc
Wine vinification: Yeasting, several small pumping over operations and delestage adapted to suit the structure of the wine. Oxygen added as required. Thermoregulation. Aged in cement and stainless steel vats.
Tasting notes: A dark red in color, almost black. The nose opens with notes of grilled almond and hazelnut. Intense, rich palate, right sweetness, ample in the mouth with some wild tannins which escape from the general roundness. An excellent long finish.
Wine and Food pairing: Shoulder of lamb.

CHÂTEAU TIFFRAY – LUSSAC SAINT EMILION – ROUGE – 2019

Awarded Silver by Shanghai Newspaper

Village: Lussac
Total surface area of vineyard: 9 hectares
Soil type: Clay and limestone
Blend of grapes: 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinification and maturing: Maceration between 25 and 30 days. Stainless steel and concrete vats. Thermostatically regulated installation.
Tasting notes: The color is bright, the very open nose displays lovely freshness, and the palate opens with a direct attack before well-integrated and elegant tannins take over. It is bound together by great sweetness and volume in the mouth. The style is velvety with remarkable balance.
Food and wine pairing: Red meats.

Interview of Mr. Jean-François Reaud – Director of the Company

Question 1: Do you already export to CHINA ? If yes, where ? If no, what type of importers & distributors are you looking for in CHINA ?

We export all around China, mostly in Shanghai area.

Question 2: What is the most unique and qualitative part of your products, different from competitors?

We received multiple golden medals, we propose organic and without sulphite wines. We are certified « Vignerons Indépendants » (independant winemakers). We will be certified Fair For Life (Ecocert) as of september 2020 (fair remuneration of our winemakers, 3-year contracts, quality charter, environmental awareness and effort).

Question 3: When did you start to export your brand worldwide, and what is your development plan for the next years ?

Export has been accounting for 50% of our sales for 10 years. Development plan : 30% Japon, 20% Chine, 10% other asian countries, 30% USA, 10% Europe.

Thank you Mr. Jean-François Reaud for your time and answers  !

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