In the Médoc peninsula, 70 km north of Bordeaux, is the renowned wine-growing town of Bégadan, where the Château La Branne vineyard stretches, between the Gironde estuary and the Atlantic Ocean.
Originally the family property counted only 2 hectares of vines. Unable to imagine a profession other than winegrower, Philippe Videau took over the small farm in 1986 and over the years made it grow to reach today 25 hectares of vineyards with different and complementary terroirs.
In 1999, in order to make the most of the potential of the vineyard, we decided to vinify our wine within the estate. Then begins the history of Château La Branne.
CHÂTEAU LA BRANNE has been classified CRU BOURGEOIS since the 2008 vintage. The "Cru Bourgeois" quality approach is annual. It consists of a verification through an audit of the property as well as a blind tasting of the vintage presented. The "Cru Bourgeois" approach validates the real quality of a wine over a given volume and guarantees it to the end consumer. Each stage of obtaining the "Cru Bourgeois" designation is controlled by an independent body: Bureau Veritas. It brings to the mention "Cru bourgeois" an impartiality at all stages.
To develop a quality, regular wine, typical of the Médoc appellation, cultural practices are essential. We therefore chose to let the terroir express itself, based on the principles of Reasoned Agriculture. The Reasoned Agriculture certification in 2006 is the result of work that respects the environment.