A new range of “eco-responsible” wines has been launched by the prestigious Château de Chantegrive, a pioneer of environmentally certified wines in the Gironde region.
The château in the Graves appellation, which is named after the song-thrush, has already secured the highest level of environmental certification – the HEV3 – for its existing vintages.
Chantegrive will now donate a share of the profits from each of the three new cuvees towards projects aimed at the conservation of wild birds: the creation of its own nature reserve within the property and support for selected initiatives within a new ornithological reserve in the Bordeaux region.
We decided to create a protected area for birds as it’s not just good for vines and our wines but ultimately we are protecting a symbiotic ecosystem and our health
Sales of the 2018 vintages will go towards the establishment of storks nests in the ornithological reserve; and nests in the Chantegrive reserve for bird species that are present on the estate. The projects are run in collaboration with the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux.
Local birds that are considered to evoke the style of the new wines are featured on the labels. The European hoopoe is depicted on Le Panache, the song-thrush on L’Origine and the little egret on La Purete.
The new wines are reserved exclusively for the domestic and export trade sectors – they will not be distributed to supermarkets. They are designed to be drinkable and affordable wines that are appealing to young people.
Chantegrive wines are aged in a combination of oak barrels and stainless steel vats and are characterised as generous, refined and well-balanced.
The château has banned the use of all substances that are potentially carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR) from its property, in line with European Union regulations.
“We decided to create a protected area for birds as it’s not just good for vines and our wines but ultimately we are protecting a symbiotic ecosystem and our health,” said Chloé Le Bouffo, Deputy CEO, Château de Chantegrive.
It is a member of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux and its wines are created in collaboration with oenologist Hubert de Boüard, who owns Château Angelus in Saint Emilion.
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Photo: The Chantegrive range on display at Vinexpo Paris