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Château Olivier

Château Olivier

Contact details

175 avenue de Bordeaux
33850 Léognan Aquitaine FRANCE

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Team

  • Propriétaire FAMILLE JEAN JACQUES DE BETHMANN
  • Directeur Général LAURENT LEBRUN
  • Technical Director PHILIPPE STOECLE
  • Marketting et communication ESTELLE MIRIEU DE LABARRE
  • Responsable commercial ESTELLE MIRIEU DE LABARRE

The vineyard

  • Cultivated surface (ha)
  • Total60
  • Red52
  • White8
  • Soil
  • Günzian gravel and clay-limestone
  • Barrel ageing
  • Vinification (white) Skin-contact maceration, fermentation in barrels (one third new oak), ageing for 12 months on lees. Vinification (red) Cold pre-fermentation maceration. Alcoholic fermentation for 10 to 30 days at 25-30°C in small, temperature-controlled truncated vats. After malolactic fermentation, maturing for 12 months in casks with fining and filtration.Post-fermentation maceration at 28°C to 30°C, the duration d e p e n d i n g o n t h e r i p e n e s s o f t h e g r a p e s . The aim of the extraction is to bring out finesse. Malo-lactic fermentation in barrels.
  • Production (bottles)
  • Total150 000
  • Red 120 000
  • White30 000
  • Red grape varieties
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 57%, Merlot 41% & petit verdot 2%
  • White grape varieties
  • Sauvignon 83%, Sémillon 15%, Muscadelle 2%

Description

Château Olivier stands in a clearing in the heart of a vast estate consisting of woods, meadows, and vines. Its attractive architecture, artificial ponds, and outbuildings make this an outstandingly beautiful natural site just eleven kilometres from the city of Bordeaux.Olivier is an ancient seigneury whose recorded history goes back to the Middle Ages. It is said that the Black Prince liked to come here to hunt because the area was particularly full of game. The estate has belonged to the distinguished de Bethmann family since the 19th century,Considerable investments have been made in Château Olivier's vineyards over the past few years. A detailed soil survey revealed the terroir's full potential, and recently-planted vines have enabled the vineyard to take on the shape it had in the 18th century. Vines on any plots that were less than ideal were uprooted.The estate's 60 hectares of vines grow on gravel soil with clay-limestone subsoil. Six different grape varieties thrive here. All are hand-picked into small crates, sorted in the vineyard, and once again in the cellar. Château Olivier was classified a great growth in 1953 for both its red and white wine.