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History

Chateau Brillette is one of the most highly reputed vineyards of Moulis-en-Médoc. The estate boasts 100 continuous hectares, with 40 ha of vines classified appellation d’origine controlé. Among the oldest vineyards in the Médoc region, Chateau Brillette entered into the possession of the Flageul family in 1976 after belonging to the Comte du Perier de Larsan and his family for a century. From grandmother to son to grandson, a passion for winemaking has inspired 3 generations of the Flageul family to implement new processes and techniques to improve winemaking and produce the highest-quality wines. The year 2000 also saw the inauguration of a tasting room overlooking Chateau Brillettes breathtaking expanse of vines.

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Vineyards

Terroir plays a crucial role in winemaking, giving each wine its unique personality. Planted on one of the highest points in Moulis, Chateau Brillette’s vines are bathed in sunlight and share the same rocky soil as many of the grands crus classés of the Médoc region. This soil contains a large quantity of gravel, which attracts and retains heat, creating an ideal context for the ripening of the vine. The brilliant, or shiny, aspect of these stones as they are warmed by the sun is also the source of inspiration from which the name Chateau Brillette is derived. Composotion of the wine’s estate:

  • 48% Merlot
  • 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 9% Cabernet Franc
  • 3% Petit Verdot

 

The relatively high percentage of Merlot grapes marks a defining characteristic of Chateau Brillette in a region where most wines favor the use of Cabernet grapes. Merlot brings roundness to the wine and allows it to be enjoyed as early as a few years after the harvest. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes structure the wine so that it may also be savored after many years of cellaring. A grape variety unique to the Médoc region, Petit Verdot brings depth of color and richness to the wine.

 

Situated in the heart of the Haut-Médoc, Moulis-en-Médoc is located on the left bank of the Gironde, on the same hills that produce some of the world’s most celebrated wines. The commune of Moulis unfurls its 550 hectares of vines along 12 kilometers from east to west and is bordered on one side by Saint Julien and Margaux on the other. The commune’s vines account for 4% of total vines in the Médoc region. Moulis benefits from a unique microclimate optimal for winemaking thanks to its location only a few kilometers west of the estuary. Sunshine abounds in summer and autumn, winter is mild and spring is relatively humid. 

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Winemaking

Chateau Brillette produces its wines according to traditional methods. Following harvest, grapes are sorted by hand, de-stemmed and crushed. They then enter an ultra-modern vat room where they ferment for six to eight days and undergo six to eight weeks of cuvaison in thermoregulated vats. The wine is aged for 12 months in barrels of French oak, of which 30-50% are new each year. Recently renovated, the barrel chai is maintained under highly regulated conditions to optimize the aging process.

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