What is the best way to grasp the magic of wine or share its emotion and poetry? These are the questions we asked when designing this brand new kind of Bordeaux tour.
A visit to Lamothe-Bergeron is a journey filled with encounters, experiences and immersion in the chateau’s greatest moments.
Château Lamothe-Bergeron and its team welcome you:
– from April to October: 7 days a week, from 10am to 6pm
– from November to March: Mondays to Fridays from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
Shop open non-stop all day. Visits only with a prior booking.Book your tour online
TOURS & TASTING
- "Wine Tasting Class" - €6 pp
Discover the steps of winetasting with 3 wines.
- "Wine Enthusiast Tour" - €12 pp
Winetour & small Wine Tasting Class with 3 vintages of the chateau.
- "The Wine Siesta" - €15 pp
Winetour & cheese and wine tasting in the park of the winery.
- "Macaron winetour" - €18 pp
Winetour & Tasting workshop of three macarons and three wines.
- "The sommelier Tour" - €25 pp
Winetour & sommellerie experiences: decanting, wine tasting steps, food and wine pairing.
- "Wine Enthusiast Tour & Lunch in the garden" - €35 pp Winetour & small wine tasting class with 3 vintages of the chateau. Picnic hamper to be shared in the garden. Menu: cold meat, cheese, bread, cherry tomatoes, pickles, macarons, cannelé, mineral water and a glass of Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron.
The shop is in the Chateau cellar. Visitors can taste and buy vintages of Lamothe-Bergeron, as well as our most recent arrival, Nove.
The shop has its special hideaways for truly exciting tasting experiences.
We also offer gift boxes, wine accessories, souvenirs and a selection of Cognacs and Pineau des Charentes.
Shop open non-stop all day:
- from April to October: 7 days a week, from 10am to 6pm
- from November to March: Mondays to Fridays from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
The joys of hospitality
Four suites upstairs in the Chateau with views of the vineyard, a terrace overlooking the gardens, lounges, organised lunches and dinners: Lamothe-Bergeron knows how to make you feel welcome.
We can host groups of up to 80 people and can also organize your professional lunches and dinners, whether in a more festive or more intimate format.
The seminar room and its eye-catching steel frame can host up to 60 people seated or up to 80 for a stand-up cocktail. The château is the ideal venue for organising seminars on a very human scale.
With a terrace of 100m2 looking out over the grounds, a large lounge on the ground floor (photo), a small lounge on the first floor and four suites for use by journalists and professionals, Lamothe-Bergeron couldn’t be more welcoming.
Lamothe-Bergeron is one of the historic Médoc wine estates and was already considered a leading Cru Bourgeois Supérieur back in the 19th century, a status that was confirmed once again in 2020.
What did the estate look like back in the Middle Ages? It is difficult to imagine as nothing remains of the original fortress, apart from a plan drawn by Léo Drouyn in a book published in 1865.
In its 1898 edition, the Féret guide to “Bordeaux and its Wines” took the reader back to the 14th century when the estate belonged to the Captal de Buch. “It is said that, having become prisoner of Duguesclin, the Captal sold 10 vintages of his wine in advance, in order to pay the heavy ransom exacted. The English at that time occupied Bordeaux and appear to have held this particular wine in high estimation.”
The Mark of the Bergerons
We are familiar with the history of the house from the end of the 15th century onwards. It belonged to the Lauste and Martel families and was passed down from one generation to the next until François Jacques Marie de Bergeron (1760-1810), to whom we refer more conveniently as Jacques de Bergeron.
He was very much a man of the Enlightenment, a counsellor of the Bordeaux parliament and had an interest in all things relating to nature and agricultural science. He travelled, published papers in scientific journals, had a passion for insects and exotic trees, and demonstrated the interest of acacia wood for making vine stakes.
At Lamothe, of course, where we know that vines have been grown since at least the 17th century, he found the ideal place for his experiments. Jacques de Bergeron died in 1810 at the age of 50, leaving behind him an estate full of promise. In 1845, it was mentioned as being the finest among the wines of Cussac in the Traité des Vins du Médoc.
A New Château
In 1868, a new château rose up from the ground – a veritable jewel embodying the architectural dreams of the Second Empire. It was built during the time of Abdon d’Armana (1824-1906), husband of Caroline Le Quien de La Neufville, the niece by marriage of the last of the Bergerons. In that same year, the wine was mentioned in the second edition of the Féret guide as ranking first among the wines in the village. In order to capitalise on the prestige of a historic name, Lamothe became “Lamothe de Bergeron” at the beginning of the 20th century.
Over the decades from 1970 to 2010, Lamothe-Bergeron changed hands three times. The vineyard was restructured, the mix of grape varieties adjusted and the winery facilities renovated.
In 2015, after 18 months of works, the fully-restored château opened its doors to wine tourism, with the creation of a shop and reception areas. The visitor circuit is the only one of its kind and attracts no fewer than 8,000 visitors each year. In 2019, the CAPSSA bought the estate with great ambitions: to enhance the wine even further, to be even more demanding in environmental matters and to make the wine tourism visitor experience an even richer one.
EACH LITTLE STONE IS PRECIOUS
Nestling between the terroirs of Margaux and Saint-Julien, Lamothe-Bergeron forms part of the closed circle of châteaux “with a river view”, in other words those occupying the best gravels left by the Gironde estuary. This magical soil warms the grapes, provides perfect drainage and produces grapes with finesse...
The estate was awarded HVE (high environmental value) certification in 2018. The idea is not to become a green showcase, but simply to respect our biodiversity and protect our people and neighbours.
The world is changing and the thousands of people who come to visit us each year expect us to live up to the high standards of our unique landscape heritage.
The wine has the rich, dark, sensual taste of very mature fruit. It balances classical elegance and an all-consuming sensuality, doubtless because it is equal parts Cabernet and Merlot.
Working together with Hubert de Boüard who has been aiding the estate since 2009, we laid the foundations of extremely precise work in the vineyard.
The grapes are sorted extremely thoroughly before being carefully transported to vats. The Chateau has two vat houses (stainless steel and cement), enabling it to tailor its winemaking processes to suit each plot of vines.
In the huge barrel cellar, the very best oak barrels have been carefully selected as a place for the wines to mature for 12-18 months depending on the vintage.
L'accent est mis sur le charme, l’ampleur et l’élégance.
Lamothe-Bergeron is a companion to classic or inventive cuisine. Lamothe-Bergeron is a companion to classic or inventive cuisine.
In early years, the wine is at its best served as an aperitif, thanks to its silky tannins. Try it with thin slices of cured ham…
After six to seven years cellaring
The wines gain in complexity and finesse. They are great with delicately spiced fine dishes: loin of lamb, rib steak, roast woodpigeon, tournedos with bone marrow or rabbit terrine with figs.
The wine-food pairing with hard cheeses can also prove quite outstanding: farmhouse cantal, beaufort, mature gouda, vintage comté...
After a particularly wet winter and spring, magnificent weather settled in from the end of June through to the autumn. In these exceptional conditions, the colour change of the grapes was rapid and even. Each plot of vines was harvested as it reached just the right ripeness, from 14 September (Merlot) through to 11 October (Cabernet Sauvignon).
The wines boast lovely complex aromas with perfectly ripe red and black fruit hints. They combine structure and roundness, along with the nicely lingering length on the palate that is characteristic of the great vintages. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot.
2017, the year of the frost. On 27 April, a chill swept through the Bordeaux vineyards. Protected as they are by the mild waters of the nearby estuary, our vines came out of it relatively well, with some 10 of our 67 hectares being hit. Fortunately, the May sunshine brought rapid and even flowering of the vines. July, August and early September were hot and dry. These very good conditions allowed an early start to the harvests which took place between 12 and 29 September.
The wines are nicely balanced with lots of colour and fruit flavour. A vintage brimming over with mild charm and elegance. 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
A very rainy first six months were followed by a record-breaking heatwave (80 days, from 20 June to 10 September), bringing vine growth to a sudden and early halt, which is often a sign of an exceptional vintage. The return of the rain in mid-September and a succession of hot days and cool nights brought the grapes to perfect ripeness.
2016 is a great vintage that is concentrated and intensely coloured. It boasts black fruit scents on the nose and a sensation on the palate that is well structured and mild at the same time. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.
Even flowering, a very dry, hot early summer, a month of August with an oceanic climate and a month of September combining rain and sun produced a fine vintage and generous harvest. As is often the case, the blend of Lamothe-Bergeron is balanced between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The texture is rich, charming and silky, without overdoing the concentration. Sugary blackcurrant notes announce a most promising vintage of great ripeness.
The mild weather enjoyed in mid-June created good conditions for flowering. Hot, dry weather set in from late August onwards, lasting until late October, allowing us to take our time and wait for each plot of vines to ripen. The Merlot harvests were completed between 22 September and 7 October, with the Cabernet Sauvignon being picked from 10 to 15 October. The 2014 is a charming vintage, borne up by wonderful freshness with blackcurrant and red fruit notes and a hugely ample richness. The finish is elegant and consistent with what this estate is all about.
In some years you thank the weather. In 2013 we had to thank our terroir. More than ever before, we were aware that the deep layers of gravel we are lucky enough to own ensure that the finesse of the wine is brought out with great regularity. Charming, distinguished and fresh, 2013 stands out for its perfect balance. The colour is brilliant and the tannins silky, fine and full, enhanced by lovely notes of cabernet-sauvignon, cassis, cherry and spices.
2012 will go down in memory as a very late year. After an unsteady start to the summer, the period from late July to the end of September was stunning. The grapes managed to reach full ripeness. Picking started on 5 October and came to an end on 17 October. A short but intense harvest! 2012 is a high-quality vintage. The wine is remarkably clean and fruity, boasting an intense colour and spicy notes. It has the structure and balance of a great wine.
2011 – the early year. This is what best defines this outstanding vintage. Harvesting started on 8 September with the merlots and came to an end on 24 September with the cabernet-sauvignons. In a year boasting exceptional weather conditions, responsiveness to the vines, application and attention to detail were the key words. One thing is for certain: 2011 is a high-quality and very promising wine.
After 2009 brought a wine with an exotic quality, 2010 is a great classic vintage. The summer was particularly fine, but not excessively hot. There was also plenty of sunshine throughout the late autumn, but the nights were quite cool. The tannins of the seeds are even more mature than in 2009 and acidity a little more marked, auguring well for a vintage that will be great for laying down.
Beautifully deep and intense in colour, this wine offers red fruit notes and a woody quality that is perceptible but not too acute. In the mouth, it has a very direct, concentrated profile, great body and up-front, fleshy tannins, but with a long finish.
2009 was the first vintage to bear the Hubert de Boüard hallmark and it will go down in the history of the estate. July and August were magnificent, hot but not excessively so and with just the right amount of rainfall. These perfect weather conditions continued into September and October, with a succession of cool nights and hot days. These dream conditions allowed harvesting to be timed to perfection, with grapes picked from each plot just as they reached peak maturity. The wines have a beautiful, very intense colour. On the palate they are full-bodied, pure and juicy, with a very long finish. They express vigour and style.
This vintage was harvested later than any other over the past decade. Despite the vagaries of climate, a combination of some assiduous work and a moderate harvest (43 hl/ha) produced a wine of a more than satisfactory quality. These wines are promising, balanced, highly coloured and pleasantly fruity.
The very good climatic conditions experienced from late August onward allowed us to start the grape harvest with the promise of a high-quality wine. This allows us to anticipate balanced, highly-coloured and fruity wines that are naturally low in alcohol.
The beautiful sunny weather prevailing from April onward helped the grapes to mature. By August, the grapes were already yielding sweet tastes and promising aromas. The 2006 vintage really has great potential. It has all the attributes to be concentrated and to be suitable for cellaring. A great classic!
2005 will leave the memory of a top-quality vintage. From winter through to autumn the climate was exceptionally dry, while the late spring and summer were warm and sunny, but without excessively high temperatures. This wine is concentrated and distinguished: highly coloured and bursting with fruit, its tannins are powerful yet not astringent. A great Cabernet Sauvignon vintage!
THE TIME OF THE MAGICIANS
THE TIME OF THE BUILDERS
THE TIME OF THE STORY-TELLERS
THE TIME TO LIVE
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