Château Vénus is the perfect name for this wine estate in the Graves area of the Bordeaux wine region. It describes the love of winemaking, the land and the love between the family that owns it. Even the owners’ name Amart sounds like the French word for love—amour.
Emmanuelle and Bertrand met as students, he of winemaking and she the wine trade. Bertrand comes from generations of prize-winning winemakers. After several years perfecting their knowledge in the USA, they returned to France, eager to apply it. They chose this vineyard in the heart of Bordeaux where productive was already in full swing. They say the quality of the terroir was central to their choice along with the popularity of Bordeaux wines.
The vineyards of Chateau Venus fall under the Graves appellation. The soil in this region is mostly gravel, along with clay and sand. Winemakers like this because it provides good drainage. The region has a maritime climate. The forested areas of Gascony give protection from less kind weather from the Atlantic.
The vines are clustered together in one area measuring 9 hectares. The main grape they grow is Merlot but there is also Cabernet Sauvignon. These are typical varieties for Bordeaux reds. Therefore, for white wines they grow Sémillon and Sauvignon blanc. However, for the reds the Amarts use two different methods of production. For the Apollo they harvest the grapes by hand, and then put them directly into barrels for 6 months. For the Chateau Venus they use temperature-regulated vats.
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Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc
Monday : 9:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 18:00
Tuesday : 9:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 18:00
Wednesday : 9:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 18:00
Thursday : 9:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 18:00
Friday : 9:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 18:00
Saturday : 9:00 - 12:00 / 14:00 - 18:00
Christmas week: Closed