Château Montlabert: the jewel in the Castel Family Estates crown begins a new chapter.

Published 27.10.2020
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Le temps est venu de partager ensemble, l’Émotion du Temps et de la Terre au cœur de Saint-Emilion.

The Castel Family has always specialized in the Bordeaux region. Today, the family’s fine wine expertise, as both winemakers and wine merchants, continues to develop under the Castel Châteaux & Grands Crus banner.

The acquisition of Château Montlabert was part of a journey that began in 1957, aiming to reveal and promote French terroirs and appellations through a portfolio of Family Estates. Terroir, winemaking expertise, hospitality, and the family’s dedication come together to make Château Montlabert the jewel in the Family Estates crown. 

The Castel Family at Montlabert

Montlabert is an encounter that goes beyond investment. The Castel Family’s decision to establish themselves in the heart of one of the world’s most prestigious wine regions is rooted in their history as winegrowers.

Between the purchase in 2008 and the inauguration in 2020, the Castel family invested time and resources into drawing up the outline of a new history and a new ambition. For 10 years, the focus has been on listening to and understanding the terroir in order to build a winemaking business based on a desire for sustainable excellence. The design and construction of the winery are the vehicle for achieving this vision of enhancing the value of the terroir and the property.

The rebirth of a Saint-Emilion property

Montlabert is an iconic property in Saint-Emilion. The Castel family wished to respect and reveal its uniqueness by creating an architectural ensemble inspired by the 18th century.

The new chapter written by the Castel Family goes beyond the renovated winery. It is about the rebirth of the entire property, guided by a comprehensive vision of respect for the Saint-Emilion environment. Alongside its rigorous winemaking philosophy, the project involves a sustainable approach to the ecosystem of the park and gardens, and a view to hospitality illustrated by the restoration of the Charteuse, orangery and Maison de Bordier.

The quest for winemaking excellence

The design and construction of the new winery were entrusted to the architect Olivier Chadebost, renowned for his work with some of Bordeaux's most prestigious châteaux. His architectural interpretation for the design of the high-level, sustainable winery came from a respectful understanding of the spirit of Saint-Emilion and the uniqueness of Montlabert.

Crafting fine wines requires both hard work and humility. For over 10 years, the Castel family and the Montlabert team have worked patiently and diligently to define the personality and style of its wines, inspired by balance and elegance.

A selective and congenial approach to wine tourism

With family and winemaking roots dating back to 1850, Montlabert is naturally suited to hospitality and entertaining. The Castel Family has decided to revive this tradition, not only opening the property to trade and private guests, but also offering them a unique, rich and convivial experience.

The family has been hosting visits from its special trade partners from around the world for several years now. The traditional Orangery, extended by a glass conservatory, has been fitted out to serve this purpose. 

From 2021, Montlabert will receive private guests who wish to discover the personality of a wine through the property that gives it its soul and identity.

For more information, visit: chateau-montlabert.com

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