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Château Vieux Chaigneau

Love is in the vines

Château Vieux Chaigneau is the property on which our family lives. Valentin, my husband, takes care of the six hectares of vines planted in one piece on the clay plateau of the Lalande de Pomerol appellation. It works while preserving soil life, i.e. without herbicides or chemical fertilizers. He also attaches great importance to the work "in...

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Château Vieux Chaigneau is the property on which our family lives. Valentin, my husband, takes care of the six hectares of vines planted in one piece on the clay plateau of the Lalande de Pomerol appellation. It works while preserving soil life, i.e. without herbicides or chemical fertilizers. He also attaches great importance to manual "green" work (disbudding, splitting, de-budding, leaf removal, de-compacting...). This is how we obtain the best possible grapes from this terroir with its recognized qualities. As for me, Charlotte, I lead the vinification and maturing of the wines in accordance with the Bordeaux tradition. The harvest is distributed in concrete vats according to the grape varieties (75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc) and the quality of the grapes. Each tank is then worked (pumping over and/or unloading) according to its potential. Finally, half of our wine is aged in barrels.

Our story

The estate was created in 1979 by Colette and Bernard Berlureau. Bernard comes from a family of winegrowers already settled on the right bank of Bordeaux. He decided to fly on his own and looked for land available to make his own wine. At the same time he meets Colette. They like each other and share this project. They enter the traditional Girondine house, symbol of exploitation, on their wedding day. Their first night in the house is their wedding night. The adventure of Château Vieux Chaigneau begins. Bernard and Colette will cultivate the 6 hectares of vines for 35 years, using techniques that respect the soil. They will set up the cellars and farm buildings at the back of the family home to produce a quality wine, without children who wish to succeed them, they will try to pass the estate on to young farmers, and when we meet Bernard and Colette we were struck by the similarity of our paths. I, Charlotte, come from a family of winegrowers who have been in business for three generations. I met Valentin in Montpellier where we were both studying agricultural engineering. We start our professional career in Paris where I work in a field close to the wine industry. In 2014 we are getting married and we have the opportunity to become the owner of Château Vieux Chaigneau. This is done at the 2014 harvest. The 2014 vintage is therefore the result of a collaboration: Colette and Bernard led the vine to the harvest, then we carried out the vinification and matured the wines.

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In 1979, Colette and Bernard Berlureau created Château Vieux Chaigneau and settled in the traditional Girondine house, symbol of the estate, on their wedding day. Thirty-five years later, Charlotte and Valentin Généré Milhade took over the business in the year of their union. Wine is above all a love story.

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