Château Côte de Baleau
Château Côte de Baleau in the heart of Saint-Emilion, stretches over 18 hectares of vines of which 15 are classified. Situated on Bordeaux’s right bank, the property has existed for four centuries and is a part of the Reiffers family’s heritage. It was part of a reward (citadel of Côtes de Baleau and les Grands Murailles) given by king Louis XIV to one of the descendants of the family. An elegant Château was built on the property at the end of the XIXth century.
Since the beginning of the 1990s, Sophie Fourcade, the family’s heiress runs the Château. Her ambition allowed her to obtain the Châteaux’s classification as Grands Crus of Saint-Emilion in 2012 while respecting the Reiffers family’s traditions. The pruning, green harvest and thinning ensure a perfect ripeness of the grapes. In 2013, the Cuvelier family, already owners of five estates, four of which are Grands Crus Classés of Saint-Emilion, bought the Château back from the Reiffers. It begins renovating technical tools and the cellar.
Château Côte de Baleau’s vineyard is on average 35 years old with a variety of grapes composed of 80% Merlot, 15% of Cabernet Franc and 5% of Cabernet Sauvignon. It takes advantage of the oceanic climate with its hot summers and a certain level of humidity. The harvests are done by hand, the grapes are dropped off at the cellar equipped with the latest testing and monitoring technologies. The wines offer charm while expressing fruity notes, with smoothness and elegance on the palate.