Château de Respide
- Graves, Bordeaux, France
The Chateau de Respide is one of the oldest wineries in the region, with records mentioning the vineyards and woods of Respide going back to 1630. The Chatin family was drawn to this very special place and purchased the winery in 2021. They have 85 hectares of vines in three main plots and there are woods, bushes, and streams separating the vineyard areas. In the north, they have an 18 hectare plot named “Paparon”. It has sandy loam soils on top of a gravel and clay base. In some places, the erosion shows the pure gravel base called “graves” in French. They have Cabernet, Merlot, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc planted here. Southeast of the winery lies a 35 hectare plot named “Cueille” with an alluvial soil on a gravelly and clay base. Mostly Merolt and Cabernet are planted here, but there is also some Petit Verdot, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc. This terroir gives full bodied wines, with pronounced but delicate tannins and a salinity running throughout. The Callipyge Rouge comes from this site. And in the south west, they have a 25 hectare plot called “Boyrein”. It’s at 80 meters altitude and has two plateaus. The top plateau has gravel from the Garonne on top of clay and mostly Merlot is planted here. The lower plateau has a limestone soil on top of clay. Merlot planted here resembles right bank Bordeaux, powerful and robust. And Sauvignon Blanc planted here is complex and goes into the Callipyge Blanc. Amelie Chatin is from Champagne and worked as an oenologist for Ruinart for nine years, then in Uruguay for four years. Their ultimate goal is to do everything to express these special terroirs. The winery has been certified sustainable HVE3 since 2017 and the Chatin’s want to make the winery carbon neutral by 2030. They are working with green cover, natural fertilization, and biodiversity preservation. In the cellar, they guide the wines to their best expression, using as little intervention as possible.