Grande Maison

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Location : In the countryside

Province : Purple Périgord

Wine : Bergerac Blanc, Bergerac Rosé, Bergerac Rouge, Monbazillac

Services

  • Credit card accepted
  • Disable access
  • Dutch spoken
  • English spoken
  • Groups
  • Open all year round
  • Parking
  • Pets welcome
  • Seminar Room
  • English
    • The Vineyard :

      In the heart of Monbazillac, on a hill overlooking the banks of the Dordogne and the historic town of Bergerac. The organic wines of exception of Chateau Grande Maison have been produced for decades. The thirteenth century fortified house has a unique environnement :

      • Overall exposure is south facing on more or less accentuated hills.
      • The lake at the heart of the property offers an exceptional asset to promote botrytis, the fungus that creates the uniqueness and richness of Monbazillac.
      • The soil is clay-limestone whit silica in place that gives a certain acidity.

      With quality as the overarching objective, the entire production is subject to the rules of organic farming and the biodynamic method, allowing ourwines to express their character and the best of this region. Of the 14 hectares of vineyards that make up the estate, 10 hectares are white (60% Semillon, 25% Sauvignon and 15% Muscadelle) and 4 are red (Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%).

      For Monbazillac the grapes are harvested manually over several picks with multiple passes through the same vineyard. The maturation of the wines is partly in stainless steel vats but mostly in oak barrels. Our attention to vineyard and cellar work makes great wines with long aging potential."

      History of Grande Maison :

      "Built by the English during “the One hundred year old War” towards the end of the XIII° century, this old fortified house was used as a basis advanced for the one of the largest castles of Périgord destroyed during the wars of religion, the Castle of Montcuq. On the first chart of Belen, one sees that 2 activities were established near Grande Maison; the vine and size of stone runners for the mills of the area. Henry IV, in 1608 made gift of the property to a lawyer of Bergerac, Charles de Livardie. It consists of a rectangular building with 14th century thick walls, a pitched roof, flanked by a court whose plan is a polygon with a projection on the more dangerous side. In the centre of the eastern side, a spur shelters a stone spiral staircase providing access to a vaulted cellar."

      The environment :

      Our terroir :

      All the property is established on “lower molasses of the Resident of Agen” i.e. on carbonated clays and feldspathic micaceous sandstones. One of the characteristics of the soil is to profit from a very important silica outcrop which gives a certain acidity on the ground. The general exposure is full south and all the pieces are in more or less accentuated slopes.

      The pond in the heart of the estate is an exceptional asset, reproducing the natural conditions of the botrytis arrival, this fungus that enriches and makes the Monbazillac unique.

      The vine population :

      Important replantings which took place since 1991 made it possible to create homogeneous farming sets with qualitative vines adapted to the conditions of the soil (grounds very limestones and acids). Today, the white vines represent 14 hectares including 50% in Sémillon, 35% in Sauvignon and 15% in Muscadelle. The whole property is planted in narrow vines with 5000 feet/hectare.

      Organic agriculture :

      "Since the purchase of Grande Maison in 1990, the Schedule of conditions of European organic Agriculture is respected. This is verified, every year, by an independent organization (ECOCERT, BP 47 32600 Isle the Jordan), which gives the possibility of using the mention “Wine worked out starting from grapes resulting from Biological Agriculture”. This step was selected at the beginning from a qualitative point of view, the addition of chemicals having to be translated with short or long term by a “depreciation” of the potentialities of the soil. Since the departure thus, the vines are worked in the old style, i.e. without weeding, artificial fertiliser, any pesticide of synthesis.

      With these traditional techniques, the contributions of the Biodynamic method have been added since 1997. The works are carried out in agreement with the lunar cycles and liquid manure spreadings of plants (nettle, horsetail, fern, 501, 500) several times in the season are carried out. The total maintenance of the vineyard requires a large human investment because to usual work is added a neat "épamprage" inside the vines, a “vintage in green” if necessary, a manual cleaning of each vine after the passage of the power tools to weed and a manual stripping of the 2 faces in August. All these techniques associated with quality and the soil give an exceptional precocity to the maturity of the grape what is often determining to carry out high-class wines.

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Traveller Reviews

4.7 sur 5 37 reviews

  • Richard Lee

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Richard Lee on 30/09/2016

    Lovely but a bit out of my price range

  • Nathan Meheus

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Nathan Meheus on 11/10/2020

    Beautiful vineyard, good wine and friendly owners. When we got back from our vacation we noticed an error in the order. The wines were sent at no additional cost, very kind!

  • Véronique Log

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Véronique Log on 03/08/2020

    A great tasting in an area full of character! The owner is very friendly and has great advice! She does not hesitate to show us everything. To visit for the tasting and for the place!

Traveller Reviews

4.5 sur 5 17 reviews

  • "Lovely vineyard visit"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Regor1234 (Oxford, United Kingdom) on 31/08/2018

    Friendly owners, small family vineyard and fascinating tour of the production process, good English spoken, fantastic setting adjacent to the owners 14th century private house (no tours inside...

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  • "The unique eatery !"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by kamakshi2015 (Bengaluru, India) on 06/12/2017

    This place stands out for the fresh ness of the food and the service in this delightful tourist town .The choice of veg/ non veg With good menu which offers wise choices adds to its Lore . Prices...

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  • "Great wines and good winery"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Charles S (Sydney, Australia) on 24/05/2017

    There sweet wines are great and location for tasting is excellent would recommend their wines - both with and without Muscatel mix

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Address

Grande Maison
24240 Monbazillac

Contacts

Phone : 05 53 58 26 17

Cell : 06 61 75 98 32

GPS coordinates

44° 46'57.3"N, 0° 29'13.7"E

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