Chateau de France
Château de France was built on the foundations of an ancient manor house, beneath which the original arched cellars still remain. The cellars and the house date from the 17th century and the property has retained the name of the foundations on which it was built. Now owned by the Thomassin family, the Château has 40 hectares of vineyards located on one of the highest slopes in Léognan.
The wine producing lands in Graves are some of the oldest in Bordeaux .The red wines are recognised for their combination of power and elegance, while the white wines are appreciated for their ability to age well. The vineyards of Chateau de France are in the privileged position of being located on outcrops of deep gravel with a clay-chalk subsoil. These ridges of sand and mottled clay combine to offer an excellent wine growing terroir.
The vineyard of Chateau de France is located on one of the highest gravelly terraces in Leognan, created over time by the Garonne River. Generous sunshine and the special nature of the soil, made up of fine gravel covered by a sandy-clay layer on a humid iron pan, combine to produce a unique terroir.
Grapes are harvested by hand and fermentation then takes 7 to 10 days. This is followed by 3 to 4 weeks of maceration in 130hl vats which is extremely precisely controlled with regards to temperature. The wine is then aged in barrels for 10 to 12 months. Fining takes place using egg white and the wine is lightly filtered before bottling.