When Gabriel Fabre purchased the property in 1964, wine was no longer produced on the estate. The 33 hectares of vines making up the vineyard of Château Lamothe have been planted on limestone and gravelly slopes. In 1976, Gabriel purchased the vines of Château Landat in the nearby commune of Vertheuil, an estate which in the Middle Ages belonged to the very strong abbey of Vertheuil. In 1982, Vincent Fabre started in the profession by buying the estate of La Tonnelle whose vineyard belonged to the highly reputed Château Picourneau in the XIXth century. He assisted his father in wine-growing and winemaking.
After the death of Gabriel in 1991, his children continued the management of the estate. Significant works have been undertaken in the wineries to improve the winemaking tools. Today, the rearranged premises offer a quality-working environment with modern equipment. Strengthened by experience, Domaines Fabre have extended their range over the years by buying various estates within Haut-Médoc.
The vineyard is located party on the commune of Cissac adjacent to Pauillac and partly on the plateau of Vertheuil contiguous with Saint-Estèphe. The gravelly subsoil is covered with a clayey limestone topsoil in some areas and a clayey gravel topsoil in other areas.
The harvest is 100% destemmed. Modern temperature-controlled vats perfectly suited for the vinification of fine red Bordeaux wines. 2 to 3 daily pump-overs to optimize the colour and tanin extraction from the skins. 4-6 week maceration. Micro-oxygenation in vat to increase the tannic structure and colour intensity. Ageing is for 12-months in oak. In order to clarify and oxygentate the wine, the racking processs is repeated several times during aging depending on the tasting results.
The vintages of Château Lamothe-Cissac exhibit a dark ruby colour in the first years. Aerating the wine displays a large spectrum of aromas : notes of red (blackcurrant) and jammy fruits associated with soft spices and subtle vanilla . Well-balanced palate with soft tanins and a very delicate finish. Excellent ageworthiness. Cellaring a few years will develop a complex mix of leather, undergrowth and smoky notes.
The vineyard is located partly in the northern part of CISSAC and partly on the plateau of VERTHEUIL. Topsoil consisting of clayey gravels resting on clayey subsoil.
100% de-stemming of harvest. Fermentation in modern temperature-controlled vats complying with Medoc traditional rules ( 3 to 4 week maceration, frequent pumping over). Micro-oxygenation in vat strengthens the tannin concentration and enhances the colour of Château Landat. Aed for 12-months inoak. In order to clarify and oxygentate the wine, the racking process is repeated several times during ageing depending on the tasting results.
Glistening colour combined with an elegant and fine nose. Aerating the wine displays a large spectrum of aromas : black fruits, nougat, and grilled notes. Fleshy and supple on the palate. with a lingering finish. Cellaring a few years will develop tertiary aromas : musk, undergrowth and complex oak notes.
Pyrenees gravel topsoil layer resting on a deep gravelly clay underlying subsoil. The vines are planted on the plateau of Vertheuil, an area of land known to winemakers as long as records exist.
Vat house perfectly suited for the vinification of fine red Bordeaux wines. 2 to 3 daily pump-overs for optimum follow-up of the fermentation. 3 week maceration. Micro-oxygenation in vat to increase the tannic structure and colour intensity of Château La Tonnelle. Aged for 12-months in oak. In order to clarify and oxygentate the wine, the racking process is repeated several times during ageing depending on the tasting results.
The vintages of Château La Tonnelle exhibit a dark sustained colour with aromas of red/black cherry fruit. Rich and supple entry, Fruity non the palate with delicate and lightly toasted oak notes. Long and silky finish. After a few years, the tanins soften and then give way to a charming blend.
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