Estate Director – Frédéric Bonnaffous
Estate Manager – Bruno Marlet
Surface area – Château Pey La Tour: 150 Ha / Château de Ricaud: 66 Ha
Soil profile – Remarkably diverse range of soils, including clay-limestone, small gravel overlying clay and sandy-clay.
How long have you worked at the château?
I studied to be an oenologist, and having worked previously in various Bordeaux appellations including Pessac-Léognan (Château Carbonnieux then Château Haut-Bergey), Entre-Deux-Mers (Château Thieuley) and Pauillac (Château Colombier Monpelou), I came here in July 2008 to take up the position of Manager at Châteaux Pey la Tour in Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur and also de Ricaud in Cadillac – Côtes de Bordeaux. I immediately fell in love with the beautifully tended vineyards and I realised that in this respect, these properties had nothing to worry about when compared to the grand crus I know.
Tell us about Château Pey La Tour and Château de Ricaud…
Château Pey la Tour is a Grand Cru Bordeaux Supérieur, while Château de Ricaud makes fabulous Cadillac-Côtes de Bordeaux and Loupiac wines. Nothing is left to chance; the properties must live up to the classic image that every consumer has of Bordeaux: perfectly manicured vines, constant evaluation of vineyard physiology (even installing sensors in the vineyards for a greater understanding of vine performance in certain parcels) and adapting winemaking techniques to the profile of the vintage. Every vintage is different, which means the way we make the wine will be different too.
Your favourite time of the year on the estate?
September when we taste the berries for the first time. It’s the time when the quality of the work carried out throughout the year really becomes apparent.
Your favourite vintage?
Finally, your greatest memory at Château Pey La Tour:
Tasting the 2010 blend, with not a drop wasted! I had the same feeling in 2015.