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Hundreds of years old Château Puybarbe estate was transferred to Finnish ownership by Riku and Anna Väänänen during 2015-2018. This high-quality wine-producing estate enjoys a prime location on one of the highest hills in the Bordeaux wine region, east of the Gironde River Gulf, opposite the Margaux appellation. Its calcareous-clay soils produce excellent wine of the classic, but somehow surprisingly modern Bordeaux character.
Chateau Puybarbe does not use any herbicides or chemical fertilizers and has the highly esteemed HVE (High Environmental Value) certification. Vineyards are cultivated according to sustainable practices promoting the biodiversity of nature and microbial life in the soils.
The respect for nature and perfection in winemaking is highly valued in Château Puybarbe wines and the owner family, the winemaker, and the long-time employed team - all share the passion of producing excellent wines, wines that tell the story of the soil, the vines and the weather– every year, year after year.
Château Puybarbe is situated at the highest elevation of the Côtes de Bourg appellation looking over the Gironde estuary on the right bank of Bordeaux. The 41-hectare vineyard comprises predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and is cultivated according to sustainable philosophies. Château Puybarbe uses no herbicides or chemical fertilizers and is HEV 3 (High Environmental Value) since 2017. Our modern winery integrates many technical advances, at the service of traditional know-how respectful of the grapes and the wine, with a clear objective to be one of the best producers in AOP Côtes de Bourg.
The vineyard sits on a south-sloping sun-drenched plateau. Vines are planted at 5,000 plants per hectare in calcareous-clay soils. The average age of vines is 30 years, the oldest parcels being 76 years old. The vineyard is managed sustainably. Natural weeds between the rows absorb excess moisture and promote microbial life in the soil. The vines are pruned to the double Guyot method, cultivated according to sustainable viticulture practices and with strict control of yields (35-40 hl/ha) on a plot-by-plot basis.
We are a family-owned winery in AOP Côtes de Bourg, Bordeaux producing four various award-winning red wines and a superior rosé. All our wines score 90/100p or above with Decanter World Wine Awards and Wine Enthusiast, oenologue consulting by Stéphane Derenoncourt