The 80-hectare estate of Château de Langalerie, based in the appellations of Bordeaux Supérieur and Côtes de Bordeaux, has been run in partnership with the wine consultant legend, Michel Rolland, since 2014.
It includes 58 hectares of vines surrounded by 10 hectares of woods, meadows and gardens, including centuries old sequoia trees and a warren designed by the gardener of Louis XIV. It was once in the 1870s considered to be the largest wine producer in the municipality.
The rich clay, limestone soils are ideal for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and whilst Merlot has dominated in the past greater emphasis is going to be given to Cabernet Sauvignon in the future. It started to convert its vineyards to organic production in 2017.
The link up with Michel Rolland came in 2014 when Alejandro P Bulgheroni, the Argentine oil and gas business leader, took over the ownership of the property and Bacchus Investments became a shareholder. Bulgheroni also works with Rolland at Château Suau, his other Bordeaux château.
Together they have all worked hard to draw particular attention to the quality and excellence of the fruit that goes into and is expressed by its signature range of Château Langalerie wines. This can be seen particularly in the Château Langalerie 2017 AOC Côtes du Bordeaux, made from 100% Merlot, with a complex nose of ripe fruit, sweet spices, cedar and cocoa with hints of black fruits on the palate. A wine that is good both for ageing and to be drunk now.
The estate’s second label is Château de Bleyzac, which is also another complex wine made from 100% Merlot, that is well balanced with a nose of black fruits with silky tannins. It is particularly pleased with its Château de Bleyzac 2015 AOC Bordeaux Supérieur that has been aged for 12 months in tank. The 2014 was the first vintage to be made under the guidance of Michel Rolland.
Hall 1 / Stand W89