Château Lagarette | Biodynamic estate vineyard and winery in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux AOC region of Bordeaux, France.
Owners | Yvon and Olympe Minvielle created Château Lagarette out of an abandoned four-hectare vineyard of old-vine Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Carmenère. The couple hail from the Bordeaux region and had wine-growing ancestors, but pursued careers in the media in Paris before deciding in 1997 to make their own wine.
Vineyards | The vineyard went straight into organic certification in 1998, before Biodynamic practices adopted with advice from Nicolas Joly from 2000. It is well-sited, overlooking a particularly narrow part of the Garonne River as it approaches Bordeaux’s Pont d’Aquitaine and, beyond it, the Gironde estuary. Mature vines, grown on sheltered, south-facing gravel slopes which rise quickly from the water’s edge, should give crunch and vitality to clarets such as Lagarette’s, but early examples were a little light, considering that the vines are protected from the northwest by the high part of the town of Cénon. This blocks the worst maritime squalls and should allow later ripeners like Cabernet and Carmenère a chance to mature and shake off any vegetal flavours.
Certification | 2001 First vintage with full organic certification. | 2018 Now with Demeter Biodynamic certification.
F-33360 Camblanes et Meynac (Gironde), France
Tel+33 (0)5 56 20 08 78. Email chateau.lagarette [at] wanadoo.fr.