The Château Segonzac vineyard was created in 1887 by Mr Jean Dupuy, who was the Agricultural Minister from 1889 to 1902 (during the 3rd Republic), and who founded the newspaper „Le Petit Parisien“. It was during this period that Château Segonzac achieved the title „Cru Bourgeois“, witch makes it stand out due to the quality of its soil and its wines.
In 1990, the propriety has been both by Mister Jacques Marmet and it’s his family, Charlotte & Thomas Herter-Marmet who take care now of the domain since April 2000.
50 km north of Bordeaux, Château Segonzac is on the right bank of the Gironde (opposite Saint-Julien), 3 km downstream from the town of Blaye. A ferryboat crosses between Blaye and Lamarque (in the Médoc) several times per day.
The vineyard currently stretches continuously over slightly more than 33,5 hectareson a sunny slope that looks straight down onto the Gironde. It faces South, Southwest. The average age of the vines is 30 years, with the older fines reaching 45-64 years. In rent we treat 10 hectares more.
The chalky clay subsoil gives the earth great character, enabling the vines to flourish and produce concentrate and harmonious wines. The domain stands on a pure limestone table, several meters thick, which emerges in various parts of the vineyard.
The Château Segonzac vineyard offers a fairly wide range of the main varieties of the bordelaise vines:
The vine harvest is partly carried out manually (for the Vieilles Vignes - old vines), and the grapes are sorted by hand before being placed in the vats. The temperature of the must is controlled and regulated during fermentation that is carried out in stainless steel and glazed concrete vats. The period in the vats is fairly long, on average 21 days, to allow the colour and the complete expression of the aromas to stabilize.
The maturation is done in vats for the Tradition and the Oak Aged cuvees, and in oak barrels (a third of which are made from new oak wood) for the Vieilles Vignes and only in new oak barrels for the Héritage. All in all, the wines are left to mature in our cellars for almost 2 years, in order to blend in the tannins and obtain the richness and fullness necessary for a wine, which is to be aged. - Bottling is carried out at Château Segonzac.
Château Segonzac Mon Blanc: The grapes are harvested manually after checking maturity. Under inert gas handling, sorting table, cold maceration, yeast, enzymage, and temperature control to cold are part of the development. To drink with a temperature of 10 ° - 12 °. Segonzac Chardonnay: Our enthusiasm for this soft and round wine will reach you as well - a rarity in the Bordelaise!
Château Segonzac Tradition: the vinification and maturation of this wine are carried out following the traditional methods for Premières-Côtes-de-Blaye. Left to age in our cellar in vats for almost two years (6 month in barrels), it is fruity and spicy, supple and tannic, with an after taste hinting of caramel and liquorice, typical of our soil.
Château Segonzac Oak Aged: This wine, a Prestige Cuvée, has been specially blended and selected byThomas Herter and Gilles Thomas, who have a lifetime of winemaking experience inBordeaux, and has been oak aged for at least 9 months. A soft-textured wine, with sufficient Tannins and a severe selection ensured only the healthiest and ripest grapes were chosen to make this exceptional wine.
Château Segonzac Vieilles Vignes/Vignes Grand Age is matured in oak barrels; made from the oldest vines on the domain (between 40 and 62 years), this wine is matured in wine-barrels for 12 months.
Château Héritage,our cuvee special, made from the best vines on the domain. The wine is matured in 100% new oak barrels for 14 month: (Cuvée « Classique » / « Cabernet » / « Petit Verdot »).