Located southeast of Bordeaux, Château des Antonins is a familyrun estate steeped in history. The estate, built in the 13th century, owes its name to the ‘Antonins’ monks who lived there for 500 years. A large part still survives today, including a toll bridge, chapel, monastery and various windmills. Phylloxera destroyed the vineyards in the late 19th century but the de Roquefeuil family, who have owned the estate since the 1850s, have gradually replanted vines, which today cover 25 hectares. Geoffroy and Martine de Roquefeuil took over in 1985, and have moved to sustainable farming. Their son Antoine spent time working in New Zealand before returning to the family estate as head winemaker in 2016.
The Château is located on the left bank of the Garonne. The vineyards are managed sustainably. 20 hectares of red varieties are planted on clay gravel soils which produces wines with powerful and pure fruit concentration. The vineyards are split between 65% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.
The 2016 vintage saw almost perfect conditions in Bordeaux. Summer saw sunny, hot days and relatively cool nights, allowing for the fruit to ripen evenly while maintaining acidity. These conditions carried through into autumn, giving the winery the optimal choice of harvest times for each parcel. Picking began 21st September with the last fruit harvested a month later on October 20th.
The grapes underwent fermentation in stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperatures between 27 and 30°C. The wine underwent an extended maceration on skins of three to four weeks with regular pump-overs to ensure a gentle extraction. The final blend was kept in stainless steel prior to bottling.
A deep ruby-red in colour, this wine has an inviting bouquet of red plum, blackcurrant with hints of spice. The palate is supple with smooth tannins and layers of bright red fruit.
|Winemaker||Antoine de Roquefeull
|Bottle Sizes||37.5cl, 75cl|
|Notes||Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian