CHÂTEAU D’ESTHER is an estate winery bordering the Dordogne river in the Entre-Deux-Mers region on Bordeaux’s right bank. The location allowed the wines to be shipped in barrel directly onto boats from the late 17th-century.

OWNER Fabian Thomas (from Bremen, Germany) since 2001.

VINEYARDS 5.42ha of vines (0.56ha of white; rest is red). In Cavernes, a lieu-dit in the commune of Saint-Loubès, 12.5 miles (20km) north-east of the city of Bordeaux. The close proximity of the river means the vines grow on the palus

BIODIVERSITY Hedges have been incorporated into the vineyard as habitat breaks. The vines are also surrounded by 17 types of fruit tree. Oats are sown as cover crops to reduce soil compaction. Seeds of wild flowers are mixed in at sowing to provide colour and pollen for bees and insects. 

CERTIFICATION Full organic certification for the 2006 vintage. Full Biodynamic certification (Demeter France) from the 2012 vintage.

WINES

BORDEAUX BLANC SEC AOC 2015 48% Sauvignon Blanc, 32% Sémillon, 20%, Muscadelle.

BORDEAUX ROSÉ AOC 2015 Merlot 68%, Cabernet 22%, Cabernet Franc 10%.

BORDEAUX SUPÉRIEUR ROUGE AOC 2013 56% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. 2014 56% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. 2014 Cuvée Rebecca 50% each Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. 15m in new oak barrels. 2015 Les Copains d’Abord 100% Merlot. Vegan.

CONTACT Château d’Esther, 37 Chemin des Caderots, F-33450 St Loubès (Gironde), France / +33 (0)5.56.68.69.35 / Website www.chateaudesther.com

BED & BREAKFAST (3 rooms, views over the Dordogne).