about chateau de laborde:
Chateau de Laborde sits on a property that has been planted with vineyards since the 17th century, over 400 years. Fourth generation winemaker Alain Duc’s great grandfather acquired the property in 1870, from a hero of the Napoleonic era, General Darmagnac.
Chateau de Laborde is located in the heart of the Bordeaux region, 5 miles south of Libourne, between the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers. The vineyards enjoy a temperate maritime climate, impacted by the tide from the Atlantic Ocean which flows up both of the region’s rivers.
Today, Alain lives and works on the property. In his words, “I work my vineyard as I work in the cellar, with rigor.” To ensure the health of his vineyards and the environment, he treats the vines with natural products. Once in the winery, the grapes undergo a long maceration period (3 to 4 weeks), before being aged in oak barrels for at least 6 months. Alain’s goal is to make fragrant wines with balanced tannins and a potential for aging.
After 25 years of caring for the family estate, Alain plans to soon hand the reigns over to his daughter, Karine, 5th generation vigneronne.