"One of the stars of the appellation" is how the French wine magazine La Revue des Vins de France has described Chateau MONCONSEIL GAZIN, at Plassac, one of the best sites in the BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX appellation. Clay-limestone soils and stony subsoil give excellent drainage to the vines and allow them to develop deep rooting systems, protecting against dry summers and encouraging complexity... Read more
"One of the stars of the appellation" is how the French wine magazine La Revue des Vins de France has described Chateau MONCONSEIL GAZIN, at Plassac, one of the best sites in the BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX appellation. Clay-limestone soils and stony subsoil give excellent drainage to the vines and allow them to develop deep rooting systems, protecting against dry summers and encouraging complexity in the wines. The slopes face south and south west, ensuring optimal ripening conditions for the vines and an excellent maturity in the grapes. These factors combine to give the wines of the Château a consistently high quality.
The 24 hectares of are planted with Merlot (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), Malbec (10%) and Cabernet Franc (5%), as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon (2 ha) for the whites. Sustainable viticulture is practised under TERRA VITIS, an independently audited and certified regime practised by over 400 vineyards in France. This guarantees the use of techniques and practices to protect and preserve the environment such as the use of organic fertilizers only, encouragement of biodiversity and eco-systems, and the appropriate management of waste and effluent. A striking aspect of TERRA VITIS is that it limits the use of copper and sulphur in the vineyard to levels even lower than prescribed by biodynamic and organic viticulture.
Harvesting and vinification is carried out with the utmost care and attention. Traditional know-how and modern methods are combined to produce wines that are balanced, concentrated and elegant. Andreas Larsson, Sommelier of the World 2007, selected Château Monconseil Blaye Grande Reserve for his first wine guide, citing: “The nose is young and intense, some toasted notes, wood and vanilla, ripe dark berries, almost jammy, plums and cherries. Very rich palate, new world style but with a good freshness and tannic backbone, dark fruit and a long finish.”
Château Monconseil Gazin wins many medals and awards for its wines in French and international wine competitions, including Paris, Bordeaux, Macon, Brussels and London. It is regularly starred by the top independent French wine guide HACHETTE, and also appears in magazines such as La Revue des Vin de France, Le Point and Decanter
Chateau Monconseil-Gazin, whose name dates from a “council” held by Charlemagne in the year 804, was built around 1500. Five generations of Baudets have succeeded each other to produce wine here since 1894, although the area was producing wine for many centuries before that, even since Roman times.
Although the first half of the 20th century was difficult, after WWII the Baudet family carefully built up the estate, encouraged by the patronage of the famous wine entrepreneur Alexis Lichine (of Médoc classed growth Châteaux Prieuré-Lichine and Lascombes).
In the 1950s the parcel of Gazin was added, and the Château took the name Monconseil-Gazin. In the 1960s the family acquired the excellent neighbouring terroir of Château Ricaud, and in 1982 the Baudets came full circle when they repurchased the Château La Petite Roque (or Le Roc) which they had originally had to sell in 1894 in order to buy Château Monconseil.
The estate now extends to a total of 44 hectares and is run by Jean-Michel Baudet, 5th generation winemaker, who took over from his father Michel Baudet in 1989. Read less