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  • Château de Marsan

Château de Marsan

Bordeaux dry white

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 dry white is made from Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes grown on our sloping vineyards overlooking the Garonne River. Complex and full of character, this wine is best served after a few months of ageing.


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A.O.C : Bordeaux dry white


District : Lestiac-sur-Garonne


Vineyard surface area : 20 hectares


Terroir : Clayey-gravelly slopes


Grape varieties : 60% Sauvignon, 40% Semillon 


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.
Sustainable farming methods are applied to the entire vineyard, which enjoys Haute Valeur Environnementale (“High Environmental Value”) certification.


Vinification : The grapes are harvested upon reaching their maximum aromatic potential. Maceration under inert gas to capture the best of the grape skins, followed by delicate fragmented pressing. Clarification of the must, then alcoholic fermentation under controlled temperature (18° C). A third of the wine is fermented in French-oak barrels.


Ageing : On fine lees in stainless-steel tanks and 50% in barrels for a duration of 6 months, followed by blending.


Tasting notes :
Hues of light green. Powerful nose, with notes of citrus fruits and white-fleshed fruits, and a touch of smoke. Frank, mineral and dense in the mouth, with fruit and acidity. A lovely white full of character.


Medals & Awards:

 2016 vintage 

  • WineEnthusiast: 88/100

 2017 vintage 

  • Silver Medal, Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2018
  • Silver Medal, Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2018
  • James Suckling: 88 PTS

2018 vintage

  • Decanter: 89 PTS