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 Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux appellation comprises southwest-facing clayey-gravelly hillsides overlooking the Garonne River. This complete wine if powerful, racy and full of character, with remarkable aromatic complexity.
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A.O.C. : Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux rouge
District : Lestiac-sur-Garonne
Vineyard surface area : 38 hectares
Terroir : Clayey-gravelly slopes
Grape varieties : 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Average vine age : 30 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 Haute Valeur Environnementale (“High Environmental Value”) certification.
Vinification : Destemming, crushing and vatting. Cold pre-fermentation maceration during 72 hours, to delicately extract colour and fruitiness. Fermentation in stainless-steel, temperature-controlled tanks. The maceration is extended to obtain a powerful dense wine.
Ageing : During 12 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting notes :Intense ruby red. Powerful nose, combining notes of red berries, spices and roasted coffee. A dense, harmonious wine. Lovely length in the mouth.To accompany grilled red meats and aged-cheese platters.
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