The origin of this property dates back to the seventeenth century and covers forty hectares located between Lafite Rothschild and Cos d'Estournel . Bought and replanted in 1959 by Mr. Tesseron is his son Michel Tesseron which led him in the firmament by investing it completely. Today, this wine produces opulent Saint-Estèphe that are among the most harmonious of the appellation. The estate is deemed to have performance well beyond its ranking.
Smith Haut Lafitte
In the eighteenth century, the Scottish navigator George Smith set up residence in this property. Following in his footsteps were Mr. Dubergier-Duffour, mayor of Bordeaux; Louis Eschenauer, a leading figure of trading in Bordeaux, leaving Daniel and Florence Cathiard as the current owners. They restored the 16th century tower, renovated the 18th century chartreuse, refurbished the 2 underground cellars, resumed traditional soil-work, abolished herbicides and incorporated their own cooperage. The exemplary elegance and balanced structure of the Smith Haut Lafitte wines are now universally recognized and justifies this passion for irreproachable quality.
La Tour Blanche
The La Tour Blanche Estate was founded and duly named during the final quarter of the 18th Century by Monsieur de Latour Blanche, a Squire attached to the Parliament of Bordeaux. During the French Revolution, the ownership was changed to Monsieur Pierre Pécherie. A Monsieur Frederic Focke, of German descent, acquired the Estate in 1815 and it would appear that he probably played a key role in discovering the secret of making a Sauternes sweet white wine. Indeed, after carefully studying the characteristics of the terroir, he decided to adopt the late harvesting method as applied in his country of origin. His patience paid off as the result was not damage from frost but the development of the famous Noble Rot, the indispensable ingredient in the making of Sauternes wine.
Hubert Perrodo had acquired the Labégorce Castle in 1989, then the Château de l'Abbé Gorsse in 2002, and finally the Castle Labégorce Zédé in 2005. The heirs of Hubert Perrodo perform today his vow: reunite all three areas (which were one before the Revolution) into a single entity that covers 70 hectares.
This vintage is derived from a selection of only the finest terrains of the Rollan de By vineyard. Of course, this plot, born in 1989, has in less than 20 years become one of the best Cru Bourgeois of the Haut Medoc region. Jean Guyon, the property’s owner, assisted by Ricardo Cotarella, oenologist with a reputation second to none, have carefully put into place viticulture and winemaking procedures where absolutely everything is done to assure a bright fruitiness, a beautiful concentration of aromatic and ripe tannins in the finished product.
Jean-Luc Thunevin became a "star" of the wine world in less than a decade thanks to his famous "garage wine" Castle Valandraud. Thanks to his passion for wine, his determination and his determination, he made his vow with the first vintage in 1991 Château Valandraud. This year marks the beginning of a great adventure and a dazzling success. He then becomes the inspirer and initiator of many other garage wines. All these micro-wineries from low yields produce wines concentrated. Born in 1992 as a second wine, Virginie de Valandraud has since conquered his "pedigree" to become in 1997 a full wine resulting from vineyards going beyond those of Valandraud.