Pessac Leognan

Chateau les Carmes Haut Brion


The origin of the estate is in 1584 when Jean de Pontac, owner of the noble house Haut-Brion and its vineyards, gives the religious of the Great Carmelites a northern part of its property adjoining the Peugue, a small tributary of the Garonne. The estate then includes a mill, vineyards and meadows. The religious retain it until the Revolution, adding in the meantime part of the vineyards of Haut-Brion. They produce a wine of the most famous, initially retaining the name "Haut-Brion " which is transformed by the use in "Carmes Haut-Brion " Sold as National Property, the property is bought at the beginning of 19th century by Léon Colin, merchant, ancestor of the Chantecaille-Furt family. He then makes landscaping a landscaped park and build an imposing castle. The Chantecaille-Furt family keeps the estate for nearly 200 years. In 1984, the wine was bottled by the family business and, from 1985, bottled at the château and marketed by the Place de Bordeaux. The area of ??8 ha is purchased in 2010 by the property developer Gironde Patrice. The technical direction is then entrusted to the onologist Aurélie Carreau who is assisted by two external consultants & nbsp; the famous Stéphane Derenoncourt and Thierry Rustmann, & nbsp; friend of Patrice Pichet who has long run the family castle Talbot. Significant investments in the cellars are planned.The vineyard of 4.7 ha, located straddling Pesac and Bordeaux and in the immediate vicinity of Haut-Brion, extends on grounds of serious gravels, sands and clays on calcareous subsoil. Well oriented, it enjoys sunshine and drainage of good quality. The grape varieties are Merlot (55%), Cabernet Franc (30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). The average age of the vines is 35 years and the planting density is 10,000 plants / ha. The work of the vineyard is carried out in a traditional manner with a qualitative objective of mastering the yields. The estate produces in small quantity a second wine "Le Clos des Carmes".

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Exceptional history of the last vineyard of Bordeaux. It was in 1584, shortly before passing from life to trepas at 101 years, that Jean de Pontac, the illustrious lord of Haut-Brion, donated to the Carmelites of Notre-Dame a mill to water surrounds pres and vineyards. For 200 years the Peres Carmes will retain the name "Haut-Brion". Then the use will gradually transform the name into "Carmes Haut-Brion". Although confiscated by the Carmelite Fathers during the revolution, the estate will continue to exist and fight for its survival. It was bought at the beginning of the 19th century by Leon Colin, wine merchant in Bordeaux, a direct ancestor of current owners, the Chantecaille-Furt family. Today Didier Furt and his wife Caroline manage this second estate since 2005 by their daughter Penelope. They renovated this jewel by enlarging the cellars and vinifying in small vats of forty to eighty hectoliters. A vineyard jewel witness of the wine history of Bordeaux for 500 years. The Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion, separated from the Chateau Haut-Brion by a few pasta house, is a small green area, a unique jewel in Bordeaux. The vineyard is located in the extension of the plateau of Haut-Brion. Small in size (four hectares seventy) but large in its exceptional terroir, it is completely fenced by an old stone wall that protects it from the city. The estate is at the crossroads of the three largest municipalities in the Bordeaux agglomeration: Bordeaux, Merignac and Pessac. Inside the walls, the visitor is out of time: the fountain that adorns the park dates from the fourteenth century, the Peugue stream that served as a border in the Middle Ages between Bordeaux parishes, through the park. In the center stands a magnificent castle built in the nineteenth century surrounded by one of the most beautiful parks designed by the landscape architect Fischer. Thanks to the Carmes, the city of Bordeaux can boast of owning a last vineyard, a vineyard of city. The surrounding walls and houses favor an amazing microclimate. The grapes reach a very high maturity well before the other vineyards of the region, especially as the risk of frost is lower. Thanks to its embrace composed mostly of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, Les Carmes Haut-Brion produces a fine red wine, of great elegance. Its aromatic richness and the balance of the complex substances that compose it make it a wine more and more research.

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