Four Generations of Successful Winemaking
Four centuries of winemaking are an intrinsic part of the story of Château Lamothe. This charming estate has been in the hands of the same family since then. Indeed, for four generations since 1956. Starting with the Perriquets, and passing down the female line to the current owner Anne Néel and her children Maria and Damien.
Secret Paintings in Caves from the Middle Ages
Today the winery comprises 80 hectares, including the vineyards of the adjacent Château Manos. Perhaps the jewel in the crown of Château Lamothe is the underground galleries. In fact, they were dug out of the limestone rock in the Middle Ages for use as cave dwellings. When the Château was built in the 17th century and with it the vineyard, this underground cave system provided an ideal place to store wine. Visitors will experience Château Lamothe’s cellar caves learning why they are an important part of the winemaking process contributing to their international reputation.
Château Lamothe’s Exceptional Wines
Total annual production amounts to 400,000 bottles. The estate’s star white is a 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon and 20% Muscadelle blend. It is distinctive in that it contains a greater proportion of Muscadelle than other white Bordeaux wines. It’s not oaked and hits the market 11 months after harvest. There are two reds, both a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. One of these the Traditionelle is aged in stainless steel whereas the Premiere is one-year aged in oak. A dark rosé (clairet) is also produced by this friendly winery.