Château Haut La Pierrière has belonged to the De Marcillac family for more than 400 years. In 1607, François de Lageard, an ancestor of the current owners, received as a dowry this 13th century feudal residence, protected by a dry moat carved from the rocks. The journey through time continued with the addition of an interior courtyard and trompe-l’oeil design, completed in 1865 with the construction of a round tower, forming today one of the most magnificent attractions in the region.
But it wasn’t until 1960 that the vineyard awoke from its slumber to reveal its true potential – a stunning location in the hills of Gardegan-et-Tourtirac, with several hectares of vines planted on the slopes and soils adjoining Saint-Emilion, sharing the same limestone bedrock. The similarities to Saint-Emilion in terms of geography and geology, are reflected in the style of its wines, focusing on fruit, elegance and suppleness.
Red Bordeaux, easy to get married, favoring the expression of fresh fruit, low in tannins .
The De Lageard / De Marcillac family since 1607.
Upper reaches of Gardegan-et-Tourtirac, on the outskirts of the Saint-Emilion appellation (just 1km).
2/3 of the vineyard planted on the plateau and 1/3 on south and west facing clay-limestone slopes. The soils are comparable to Saint-Emilion, with the same bedrock.
80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Awards and press reviews
2017 Vintage: Bronze Medal – Concours des Grands Vins de France 2018
2014 Vintage: Gold Medal – Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine 2015
Silver Medal – Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2016
2010 Vintage: Silver Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012
2009 Vintage: Bronze Medal – Concours des Vins d’Aquitaine 2011
2005 Vintage: “Lay down for three or four years. Impossible – you will give in to the temptation first. This wine with little in the way of aromas turns out to be dense and voluptuous…” (Régal/February & March 2007 – 450 tastings of Bordeaux for less than 10€)
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Archetypal Saint-Emilion in style
Cherry-red in colour, tinged with ruby, with its generous bouquet, Château Haut La Pierrière is juicy and voluptuous. On the palate, extremely ripe fruit, followed by silky, integrated tannins define this wine, which is so similar to Saint-Emilion in style. A supple, well-balanced wine.
Thomas Drouineau, winemaker, Maison Delor