7 bedroom house for sale
South of Bergerac ,Bergerac ,France
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Château et domaine viticole avec vues remarquables en suspens. Localisé dans les satellites de Bordeaux, à une heure de Bordeaux, dans une région où les vignobles ont été d'abord cultivés par les Celte et les Romains. Château du 19ème siècle avec salles de réception légère et spacieuses et chambres à coucher 6/8. 105 hectares de terrain, dont 82 hectares de vignes. Les variétés cultivées sont des standards de la région Bordelaise, dont le merlot, le cabernet sauvignon, le sémillon et le Sauvignon blanc. La propriété appartenait à la famille du propriétaire actuel depuis 1840 et a été progressivement développée et améliorée par les générations suivantes. Personnel expérimenté et efficace, chiffre d'affaires annuel 1.2 millions d'euros. Il serait à peu près impossible de trouver un domaine viticole avec une si belle perspective dans un cadre si fabuleux.
The wines at this eastern end of the terroir fall under the Monbazillac and Bergerac appellations; further west the same southern ridge becomes Bordeaux and Entre-deux-Mers. These wines all have similar characteristics, and some estates produce consistently good vintages. In her assessment of Monbazillac wines, Jancis Robinson (Oxford Companion to Wine) states "fine wines are made by Chateau Belingard and La Brie".
85% of the wine is bottled; exports account for 60% of bottle sales and France 40%. Annual sales revenue is around €1.2 million. 20% of this turnover is to private clients, many of whom visit the estate during the summer months as part of the region's successful wine tourism. A further 10% is to local restaurants, hotels and wine shops, and scope exists to increase sales to this channel. Principal export markets (in order) are the Netherlands, USA, Germany and UK. Sales to Asia are currently only 1%, giving a huge opportunity to increase this in the light of the strong growth of sales to China in the past three years of Bordeaux regional wines.
The estate's wines regularly win awards at international competitions and wine fairs; for example the 2010 vintage was awarded the jury's prestigious "Special Prize for France" at Les Citadelles du Vin competition (Hong Kong 2012).
The current owner manages the estate with a permanent staff of nine; seasonal workers are employed in the spring and harvest.
The chateau was originally built in 1840 by an ancestor of the current owner, who enlarged the house 20 years ago. It is constructed on three floors, with 600M2 of habitable area. It occupies an elevated position, with the vineyards and valley below, thus enjoying the most superb view. There are lawns to the west and north, with a variety of mature trees. A dining terrace accommodates up to 24 people. There is a swimming pool at the far end of the park.
The ground floor comprises the entrance hall, drawing room with interconnecting salon, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room and study. The drawing room and dining room are west facing, tall windows giving abundant natural light.
On the first floor, there are currently 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The extension added 20 years ago provides a large area of 68M2, in which a further 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms could easily be accommodated at little additional cost. There are 3 more bedrooms and bathrooms on the top floor. Once again, the extension would give the purchaser carte blanche to create additional accommodation - bedrooms, gymnasium, presidential office, children's den.
The land area is 105 hectares, of which the vineyard is currently 82 hectares, with a further 5 hectares having planting rights. The land is held in two closely located parcels of land of 55 and 50 hectares. The vineyard is planted 62% with white wine cultivars (38% semillon, 17% sauvignon blanc and 7% sauvignon gris and muscadelle) and 38% with reds (merlot 22%, cabernet sauvignon 5%, cabernet franc 8% and malbec 3%). Planting density varies from 3,000 to 5,000 vines per hectare, and average vine age is 31 years.
Integrated farming methods are used in the vineyard with particular care for environmental issues. The estate has HVE (High Environmental Value) and QUALENVI certifications - awarded to winemakers who cultivate their land in an environmentally friendly manner. The main harvest is by machine, whilst sweet grapes are picked by hand normally in around 10 days over a five week period. The estate has a retained oenologist and agronomist, who give advice on vineyard development.
The red wine cellar contains 13 stainless steel tanks and 12 concrete tanks, most of which have temperature control apparatus. Total capacity 325,000 litres. There is also a temperature controlled room for barrel fermentation and ageing - 300 barrels.
The white (and rosé) wine cellar is located close by, and has facilities for the initial reception of the harvest, including 2 pneumatic presses of 50hl and 30hl. 9 concrete tanks and 9 fibreglass, all temperature controlled, total capacity 445,000 litres.
The bottling and storage warehouse (700M2) has equipment for bottling, capping, labelling and packaging. Capacity to store up to 350,000 bottles.
The owner and his technical manager decide on the product range every year, according to the characteristics of the harvest. Generally, the product range includes around 12 lines, some examples of which are: (all prices retail per bottle including VAT)
Lyvress dry white, 70% sauvignon blanc, 30% semillon/muscadelle, €13.00
Ortus Red, oaked, 50% cabernet sauvignon 50% merlot, €18.50
Monbazillac, sweet white, 80% semillon, 20% sauvignon blanc/muscadelle, 50cl, €17.00
Reserve Cotes de Bergerac Dry White, 100% sauvignon blanc, €9.75
Bergerac red, 55% merlot, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 20% cabernet franc/malbec, €6.85
Bergerac rosé, 75% cabernet sauvignon/franc, 25% merlot, €6.85
Cotes de Bergerac Moelleux, semi-sweet white, 100% semillon, €6.85
- Bergerac (International), 2.8 miles
- Bordeaux (Mérignac) (International), 58.6 miles
- Limoges (International), 77.2 miles
- Toulouse (Blagnac) (International), 95.8 miles
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