Chateau Haut Canteloup is a family run operation, going back 4 generations. Starting in the 1970's, when the grandparents of Vincent and Alexander (2 brothers who currently run the business), were in charge of sales, whilst their parents devoted all their energy to the development and restructuring of the property, which now has 48 hectares.
Located in the heart of Blaye, Cote de Bordeaux, they produce red, rosé, white and sparkling, which all incorporate a richness and refinement. Their passion for viticulture pushes them to combine tradition and modernity in a permanent concern for quality and respect for the environment.
The area of 48 hectares is spread over two plots, both with different soils. In the town of Fours, they have 30 hectares of red wine. Implanted on clay-limestone plateau, they get excellent results in terms of richness and maturity. The wines are fruity, concentrated and elegant. The vines are the noblest of Bordeaux varieties, with 85% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec (or Cot). A second block of 18 hectares is located to the north of the department, in the municipality of Saint Palais de Blaye on the slopes exposed mostly in the South, the white varieties found here have a special affinity with the local sand and gravel. 80 % Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sauvignon Gris, 5% Muscadelle, 5% Semillon.
Their wine making is regularly awarded as you will see from each listing, and their Prestige Red won a Coup de Coeur in the Hachette Guide 2013 - the 'Bible' of French wine - with the Prestige White gaining a star.
Rae discovered this chateau whilst out for lunch in Blaye with a friend who will only touch Provence rosé, and pretty much turns her nose up at anything but. The owner of the restaurant kindly recommended the Chateau Haut Canteloup, and it was an immediate hit, even with our rosé snob friend. Chateau details in hand, she sent me straight down there, where I met Vincent, and spent the next 4 hours completely won over by his passion for winemaking, and of course, the wines. It is rare you fall upon a chateau where you love every wine they produce, but Chateau Haut Canteloup really know how to make great wine.