about chateau de laborde:
Chateau de Laborde sits on a property that has been planted with vineyards since the 17th century, more than 400 years ago. 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 climate impacted by the tide from the Atlantic Ocean.
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 and traditional fermentation, before being aged in oak barrels for at least 6 months. Alain’s goal is to make elegant wines with balance, fragance 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.