Château Cantelaudette is part of the Bordeaux holdings of the Chatelier family, which also own Château Chatelier (formerly know as Chateau Fantin). The estate, located in the appellation of Graves de Vayres, was established by the family in 1870. At the time, as was the custom, they planted a variety of crops including grapes. They also manufactured clay and tiles from the quarry located there made from Quicklime baked in brick kilns on the property. The estate is set between the cities of Bordeaux and Libourne in the northern part of the Entre Deux Mers region on a plateau overlooking the Dordogne River. The proximity to both the river and the ocean brings a warming influence that helps to fully ripen the grapes.
The Graves de Vayres appellation was officially founded in 1936 although records show its use on actual wine labels as early as 1904. The appellation gets its name from the soils which are predominantly gravel or a mix of sand and gravel, as well as its proximity to the village of Vayres. These soils, as well as the microclimate of the region, are particularly suited to Merlot which comprises 75% of the 400 hectares that are planted.
Château Cantelaudette is 49 hectares in total, of which the majority are planted to Merlot (28 Ha). To complement the Merlot, there is also some Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. For the white wine, the estate uses predominantly Semillon (88%) blended with some Sauvignon and Muscadelle for complexity and aromatics.
In the overall Bordeaux scheme, the wines represent truly amazing values with lovely supple fruit and fine gravelly notes to complete the profile. A “Baby Graves” to drink every night!