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CHÂTEAU MONTLABERT

is an iconic property in Saint-Emilion. Since acquiring the château in 2008, the Castel family has devoted time and resources to the project, shaping a new history and a new ambition. For over 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, inaugurated in 2020, are the vehicle for achieving this vision of enhancing the value of the property and its terroir.

surface
21 ha
cepage
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
ground type
SILICEOUS CLAY SOIL WITH CLAY SUBSOIL, VEINS OF BLUE CLAY
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Château Montlabert

Château Montlabert plays on elegance rather than power. Throughout this complex and precise score that the blending work represents, the characteristic notes of the Cabernet Franc and Merlot gracefully intertwine. The most iconic vintages, 2012, 2015, 2016, show a refined structure, a controlled natural acidity, a lovely texture on the mid-palate, an aromatic and tannic elegance. In these wines, the Merlot often reveals an almost Pomerolian softness, its roots drawing deep down into the veins of blue clay.

92-93

Yves Beck
Montlabert
2018

96

Decanter
Montlabert
2018

91

James Suckling
Montlabert
2017

97

Decanter
Montlabert
2016
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Château La Croix Montlabert

La Croix Montlabert is the Chateau’s second wine: a little indulgence, bursting with intense, fruity flavours. This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is aged for 14 months in French oak barrels; its molten tannins give it a feeling of smooth freshness.

Gold

Vinalies Internationales
Croix Montlabert
2017

93

James Suckling
Croix Montlabert
2016

92

James Suckling
Croix Montlabert
2015

" Since acquiring the property in 2008, we have been listening to and building on our understanding of the vineyard. We have, for example, optimised our water management through drainage work, replanted some of our plots and incresed planting density, and changed some of our growing methods, banning the use of chemical fertilisers and weed killers. In 2011 we obtained the Terra Vitis certification, testifying to our commitment to sustainiblity and responsible winegrowing. The design of the new winery was intended as an extension of the work carried out in the vineyard. Thanks to this facility, we can express our terroir with greater precision. "

Philippe Castel

" Since acquiring the property in 2008, we have been listening to and building on our understanding of the vineyard. We have, for example, optimised our water management through drainage work, replanted some of our plots and incresed planting density, and changed some of our growing methods, banning the use of chemical fertilisers and weed killers. In 2011 we obtained the Terra Vitis certification, testifying to our commitment to sustainiblity and responsible winegrowing. The design of the new winery was intended as an extension of the work carried out in the vineyard. Thanks to this facility, we can express our terroir with greater precision. "

Philippe Castel

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