Reference of our Castle drawn from the book " Bordeaux et ses vins"("Bordeaux and its wines") to the © EDITIONS FERET. All rights reserved.
See also the article of Robert Parker.
The history of Saint Bonnet is enthralling to follow, however we let us can, here, only recall of them some elements.
In his interesting booklet "the Lords of Saint Bonnet in Medoc" Arnaud Plichet indicates to us that it is in 1519 that it sees appearing for the first time in the texts the mention of this Seigniory or noble House. It belonged to the family of Minvielle which was also lord of Escurac (in Civrac in Medoc) and which had rights on the seigniory of Bernède (in Bégadan). Undoubtedly, adds it, origin of Seigniory of Saint Bonnet is well former to this date, and goes up at least with 1505, since at that time we have the mention of a homage paid to the lord of Castillon (in Saint-Christoly-Médoc) but without the name of the owner, which does not enable him to go up in time with certainty, but only to formulate assumptions.
From time immemorial the field of Saint Bonnet was occupied, as attest it the presence of a stone sarcophagus that the oral tradition of the current owners quotes like having been found in the neighbourhoods of the house, and the discovery of a coin out of bronze of the 2nd millenium. In the same way, in 1608 there was a vault dedicated to Saint Marc, this one partially in ruin was complétement destroyed in 1786. Nowadays, the tower located in the vineyard is an old dovecote or probably flees rebuilt, at the XIXe century, on the site of a tower of the strong house.
Until the middle of the XVIIe century, like the majority of the fields of the Medoc, the vocation of Saint Bonnet was primarily agricultural (cereals and breeding), which does not want to say that the vine missed, but its culture was secondary. Thus, an inventory of the noble House of Saint Bonnet, gone back to 1692, indicates to us: in the attic, various grains (corn, rye, wheat); in the wine storehouses, 26 barrels of red wine, 20 white wine barrels, 1 old wine barrel; 135 heads of cattle, sheep and oxen.
In 1868, in the second edition of Bordeaux and its Wines the Turn-Saint-Bonnet belonged to Mr. Caranave and produced an average from 80 to 100 red wine barrels.
In 1893, the castle bore the name of the Turn-Saint-Bonnet-Cazenave, and was property of Mr. Amédée Leboeuf which, in 1903, will yield it to Mr. Étienne André Lafon. Today it is his/her small daughter and his/her husband, Mrs. and Mr. Merlet-Lafon, helped their children who direct the exploitation of this beautiful wine unit which, in 1996, following a lawsuit brought by the Latour castle in Pauillac, must give up "It" having "Turn" to be called Holy Tour castle Bonnet.
At the edge of the Gironde, admirably exposed on the best gravelly croups of the commune, the vineyard of the castle Holy Turn Bonnet, maintained in a traditional way (not of chemical weed control), extends on 40 hectares, and produces 200 barrels approximately excellent wine, particularly appreciated and sought for its smoothness and its bouquet. It is rightly that this wine is regarded as one of the best "Middle-class men" of the Medoc.
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Reference of our Castle drawn from the book "Les vins de Bordeaux" ("wines of Bordeaux") of Robert Parker to the © EDITIONS SOLAR . All rights reserved.
See also the reference of the Feret editions.
Tour Saint-Bonnet - Very good
Owner: GFA Tour Saint-Bonnet
Adress: 33340 Saint-Christoly
Tél. et Fax 0033 (0)5 56 41 53 03
Visit : Only on appointment
Contact : Nicole Merlet
Surface : 40 ha (Saint-Christoly - appellation Médoc)
Produced wines :
Château Tour Saint-Bonnet - 200 000 b ; La fuie Saint-Bonnet - 20 000 b
45 % cabernet sauvignon, 45 % merlot, 5 % malbec
Density of plantation : 9 000 pieds/ha - Average age of the vines : 30-35 ans
Average output : 40-50 hl/ha
fermentations and 21 days cuvaisons;
18 months ageing out of wood tanks;
joining; nonsystematic filtration
With maturity: in the 6 to 14 years following the year
The Saint-Bonnet Turn was always one of my preferred middle-class vintages. First year that I tasted - that I then bought - is the 1975. The vineyard of 40 ha is located on a gravelly croup near the Gironde, close to the village of Saint-Christoly.
Far from being flexible, accessible and from a commercial style, this wine rather deeply is coloured, firm, tannic and vigorous, but also surprisingly concentrated. In the majority of the years, it requires a guard of several years to demolish its tannins, and, in the great years - such 1975, 1982 (best Saint-Bonnet than I know), 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1995 -, it should even it be awaited 10 years, if it is not any more. The grape harvest is mechanical, and the outputs, from 40 to 50 hl/ha, appear rather weak compared to those which one observes generally today. Interesting detail, the wines are not out-of-date out of traditional barrels, but out of wood tanks. The Lafon family, owner of the castle, estimate that this mode of breeding makes it possible to preserve the intensity, the richness and the concentration of the fruit.
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