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If Charles de Batz de Castelmore is the real name of d'Artagnan, our winegrower Henry de Batz is his direct descendant. In 1989, to revive the memory of this immortal grandfather, Henry gave back to the château and the cellars their lives and replanted the first Merlot grapes. Today, it is one of the few elected representatives of the appellation to have become independent, respecting its terroir through Terra Vitis sustainable agriculture.Lire plus Learn more
We are independent winegrowers in Buzet en Lot et Garonne. It turns out that we are only a few independent craftsmen in this appellation and we value the identity of this terroir. Château de Salles is a family residence. D'Artagnan is our ancestor, that's why we gave this name to our great and beautiful cuvée! The parcels of our estate are located on deep and very gravelly clay-limestone slopes. This terroir brings richness to the wine and reveals the finesse of Merlot, which is present from 70% to 80% in my blends. I decided to plant Merlot in 1989 when I arrived at the estate in adequacy with this deep soil and composed of parts of gravel. In 1994, I made my first wine making and in 1998 my first sales. Why did you replant this domain? The Château's cellars dated back to the prephylloxera era and I wanted to give back to this place its wine-growing soul. Since 2012 we have been producing the Artagnan cuvée, the result of a drastic selection of terroirs on a plot of only 5 hectares of vines.
The desire to revive the estate's wine-growing past and the love of old stones made me return to the land of my ancestors. We work in the TERRA VITIS lineage, it is the signature of winegrowers who respect nature, people and who make wines for the pleasure of the taster. We are in favour of a reasoned and controlled agriculture. Each year we harvest a different grape, each year, with our oenologist we work to get the best out of the harvested product. The cuvée d'Artagnan comes from a very small plot in the middle of the vines planted in 1989 when I arrived at the estate. Wine is a living product, for the pleasure of all. Wine is also about meeting beautiful customers and people for our great pleasure and to always improve by listening to others.
Our terroir is magnificent, well exposed and made for the development of the vine. We only work in manual harvesting, select the grapes on tables and vinify them with long macerations. The Artagnan cuvée created in 2012 is aged in barrels for 18 months 1/3 new barrels 1/3 barrels of first wines and 1/3 of second wines. This has the effect of softening the wine without marking it too much and leaving the touch discreet and well controlled.
I like live wines that have length, chewiness but in control and precision! Our "Cuvée d'Artagnan" is particularly careful: manual harvesting, sorting of the harvest and maturing in barrels. The wine is lively, silky and full of freshness in the image of our ancestor: d'Artagnan. The other wines of the Château are rich, silky and supple, you can drink them now and if you keep them they will only improve. For a good tasting of our wines, put the wines at 16 or 17 degrees of temperature and do not hesitate to open the bottles at least 3 to 4 hours before drinking our wines.