Pierre de Marsan was a descendant of the Viscounts of Marsan, founders of the town of Mont-de-Marsan in the Landes department. In 1630, he married a wealthy heiress whose dowry included a large property in Lestiac. This estate began producing wine in the 17th century.The Gonfrier family purchased this property in 1962, extending its vineyards over the coming years. Château de Marsan is the company’s flagship wine estate.
The Bordeaux Supérieur appellation comprises vines bordering the Garonne River near the château. This is a round fleshy wine, pleasant to drink even at an early age.
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A.O.C. : Bordeaux Supérieur rouge
District : Lestiac-sur-Garonne
Vineyard surface area : 15 hectares
Terroir : Clayey-gravelly slopes
Grape varieties : 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Average vine age : 20 years
Viticulture : Traditional Bordeaux-style vine training, with two canes and a flat arch. Controlled grassing-down of the vine rows or mechanical working of the soil, to improve the soils’ vitality and biodiversity. Manual “green pruning”, for a homogeneous distribution and proper aeration of the grape bunches. Mechanical grape harvesting.Sustainable farming methods are applied to the entire vineyard, which enjoys HVE3 (“High Environmental Value”).
Vinification : Destemming, crushing and vatting. Cold pre-fermentation maceration during 72 hours, to delicately extract colour and fruitiness. Fermentation and maceration in stainless-steel, temperature-controlled tanks during 15 days on average, for controlled extraction.
Ageing : Half in French-oak barrels, half in stainless-steel tanks.
Tasting notes :This Bordeaux Supérieur offers ripe fruity aromas and a lovely balance in the mouth. Supple tannins.Perfect for red meats and roasted poultry.
Medals & Awards :
Gold Medal, Concours des Vins de Bordeaux 2020
1 Star, Guide Hachette des Vins 2021