An Impassioned Family
In 1966 Henri and Françoise Leveque acquired a few plots of vines in the village of Podensac.
After 40 years of patiently adding more prime plots, Château de Chantegrive is today one of the largest and most prestigious estates in the Graves appellation with 80 hectares of vines. It is a member of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux.
A new generation has now arrived, which,with its energy and committed involvement within the winegrowing world, has injected renewed impetus into the estate.
Agnès, Patrice, Hélène and François (photographed here) form a close-knit and efficient team.
Getting the Best out of the Terroir
Château de Chantegrive, which is located on the left bank of the Garonne river, 30 km (18 miles) from Bordeaux, covers a superb terroir made up of pebbles mixed with fine sand.
A genuine long-term strategy has been designed to enable this beautiful Graves terroir to express its full value:
- plot-by-plot vineyard management
- strict selection of the best fruit
- careful vinification adapted to harvest conditions
- meticulous ageing of red wines in a “cathedral” cellar containing more than 800 French oak barrels
- a special winemaking process for the production of the reputed Graves white Chantegrive Caroline, which is made and aged in wood on fine lees in a purpose-fitted cellar
These operations are all scrupulously carried out by a motivated team with advice from world-reputed winegrower and oenologist Hubert de Bouärd.