This 17th-century property is located within the district of Cénac, a small winegrowing village along the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route. Château Materre is named after one of Napoleon’s generals, who acquired the estate in 1797, just prior to setting off on the Egyptian expedition. In 1823, the château was purchased by the Duvert family, who oversaw the vineyard until 2005, when it was entrusted to the Gonfrier family. Today, the two families work together to preserve the property's unique identity and continue its development.
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A.O.C. : Bordeaux Supérieur rouge
District : Cénac
Vineyard surface area : 19 hectares
Terroir : Clayey-gravelly plateau
Grape varieties : 70% Merlot, 20% cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec
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 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 and maceration in stainless-steel, temperature-controlled tanks during 15 days to 3 weeks on average.
Ageing : 8 months in oak barrels.
Tasting notes :A powerful, deep-red wine. Notes of ripe fruit enhanced with spices, characteristic of the Malbec grape variety. Oak barrel ageing refines the tannins, rendering them silky and elegant.Perfect for red meats. Its spicy character also allows it to accompany spicier dishes.
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