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  • Weather

    15° C Overcast clouds
  • Time

    12:43 PM
  • Wine average?

    91 Tb
  • Country Ranking?

    616
  • Region Ranking?

    9
  • Popularity ranking?

    239

History

Château Mazeyres, located in the heart of Libourne, is very closely linked to the history of Pomerol, a place that existed during Roman times.  Its plateau was served by two main routes, one of which was used many centuries ago by the Roman poet, Ausone, to travel to his villa named Lucaniac.

Extraordinary pieces of pottery dating from the 3rd century, found on the site of the Château, prove that a Gallo-Roman villa once stood here. Vine growing at this property therefore goes back many centuries and according to the town’s archives, dates from the 14th century.

 

With its splendid manor house built at the end of the 18th century during the Directoire period, Château Mazeyres was purchased at the beginning of the 20th century by the Querre family which focused its efforts on producing a delicate and fruity wine for a clientele of French restaurants.  In 1988, the Querre family decided to sell the property as a whole to the Pension Fund of the Société Générale Bank, which subsequently transferred its ownership in 2010 to Sogecap (the life insurance sector of this bank).

 

In 1992, Alain Moueix, a viticultural engineer and oenologist, was entrusted with the management of Château Mazeyres.  Fourth generation of a Libourne family of winegrowers and wine merchants, he brought his skill and expertise derived from this region.

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Vineyards

The Gironde’s smallest appellation, to which Château Mazeyres belongs, is reputed for the aromatic intensity of its wines and the characteristic features of its terroirs which are part of this exceptional geological formation.

The vineyard of Château Mazeyres is situated on a lovely hillcrest of sandy gravel with a sub-soil comprised of clayey-gravel; another part stretches across the Catusseau plateau and is made up of sands on a sub-soil of molasses containing a high concentration of iron-rich clay, known locally as “crasse de fer”.

 

Aware of this unique potential, from 1992 onwards, Alain Moueix decided to enhance and develop this vineyard so that it could reveal its authentic terroir expression.

Initially, he opted for rational, sustainable vine growing methods and established an extremely precise system for managing each plot of the vineyard individually so as to reveal the diversity and complementarity of these different terroirs.

 

Furthered by his experience at Château Fonroque (100% biodynamic growing methods for the past 6 years), Alain Moueix was able to observe significant changes concerning the interaction between the plant, the soil, the sub-soil and the environment, therefore producing an effect of authenticity and delicacy in the terroir expression of the wines produced.

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People

  • Ludovic Guibert

    In my opinion, Château Mazeyres is a superb wine estate that possesses great potential in the heart of an exceptional appellation.
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