Reception Rooms: 2
Land: 8.1 ha
Surely a property to fall in love with at first sight - a property that fulfills all the expectations of a vineyard lifestyle in France. The present owners had just such an experience when they first encountered this charming chartreuse in its beautiful hilly landscape and stood soaking up the scenery and the tranquillity of the unspoilt setting. This utterly delightful property is set in an immaculate landscaped garden adjacent to its vines on the edge of a valley overlooking the Garonne can hardly be bettered. It is a hidden gem, next to a former monastery on the pilgrimage route to St Jacques de Compostello.There are almost 5 hectares of vines planted as well as a further hectare which, subject to acquiring the rights, could also be planted. The vines are planted at a density of between 4400 to 5500 plants per hectare, on well drained south facing slopes. This property has a particular advantage in that there are many underground water springs which help in hot and dry summers to maintain the foliage. In wet periods the gradient of the slopes ensures that the rain water runs off efficiently. The oldest vines date back to 1998 and the most recent were planted in 2011. They are 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Entering the property through automatic electric iron gates framed by monumental stone pillars one is immediately struck by the views. The house is beautifully proportioned and set in carefully organized landscaping typical of the South of France. The gardens blend formal areas for entertaining in front of the main house as well as less formal areas with speciality flowers and tree specimens. The gardens of 2.25 hectares are fully enclosed to allow for dogs to roam freely.
The Residence: Attention to detail and a well thought out floor plan provide for a luxurious and comfortable family home. The owners have renovated and maintained the property to a very high standard both inside and out to offer a gracious 3 to 4 bedroom home. The master bedroom is very large and has incorporated another bedroom to allow for a study adjacent. It has a large ensuite bathroom with beautiful views as well as a walk in closet. The other two bedrooms share a large bathroom. The home was built between 1800 and 1805 in the style of a "Maison Maitre" and sits in a private elevated location south facing with extraordinary views over its vines.
The wine is made by a well know oenologist who lives locally and can oversee the winemaking easily. The wine is aged in oak barrels in the bordeaux tradition for its finest wines. The wines are elegant and well balanced and have silky tannins deriving from the exceptional terroir. They are widely respected and enjoyed by select clients in northern Europe. Sales: The wines are sold into the following countries; Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg. They are on the wine lists of many top Michelin starred restaurants and luxury hotels. They are also sold to an independent wine store in Belgium. One client takes about 10,000 euros of wine a year. The clients are loyal to the brand and are happy to pay the prices asked as they have a faithful following in their establishments. The company has a turnover of approximately 220,000 euros a year, with a profit of around 50,000 euros. The owner does not however pay himself a salary and this should be factored in for an investor who would not be involved on a daily basis.
The vineyard is farmed with sustainable methods and in such a way as to optimise the quality of the wine. Helped by nature itself this exceptional " terroir" of gravel soil is planted with 90% Merlot and 10% cabernet Sauvignon. Only 9 buds per plant are left to develop. In July there is a green harvest to reduce the quantity further to leave 7 bunches per plant. They remove some of the leaves to allow the air to circulate for healthy grapes and the sun access for optimum ripening. This is of course a personal choice and one could increase the production by leaving 10 bunches per plants if wanted. That would equate to around 7000 bottles per hectare, and so possible production could be 33,950 bottles. ( Depending on the climatic conditions).
Winery: New Winery built in 2005. Vat House, 204m2, 375 Hl Stainless steel vats. Barrel Store 112m2. 20-22,000 Bottles per year. Cost of production: 5.75 Euros Selling price: 11.75 EUROS 1 full and 1 part time employee. Price does not include stock.
Just 20 Kilometers from Bordeaux city, with its International airport and TGV station. Paris will be only 2 hours away by train in 2017.
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l MERLOT 90%
l CABERNET SAUVIGNON 10%
l 20-22,000 BOTTLES A YEAR
l COST PRODUCTION 5.75 EUROS
l SELLING PRICE 11.75 EUROS
l 1 FULL TIME AND 1 PART-TIME
l PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE