Presentation of the domain
1 – HISTORY OF THE CHÂTEAU
Since the beginning of the 18th Century, this domain has been producing wine. Formerly named “Hantot”, the chateau finds its origins in the re-grouping of lands before the revolution of 1789. Paul Alexander Desclaux de la Coste was the first proprietor.
The Chateau was rebuilt in 1870 exactly the way it stands today. It was at the turn of the 1930’s where Robert Luc, the grandfather of the current owner, acquired the domain and its vineyards.
2 – RETURNING TO ROOTS
In 2006, Xavier Beaumartin, took over at the helm of the property. After a career in the industrial sector and his parallel involvement in the renewal of Chateau Laroque in Saint Emilion, Xavier Beaumartin decided to give a new perspective to the wines of the family estate, set in the vineyards of Pessac-Léognan.
3 – A RARE AND GENEROUS TERROIR
The idea was simple: express, with the utmost sincerity, the potential of this lovely terroir. The vinifications and barrel ageing are undertaken with subtlety and tact, with full respect of the traditional methods.
The four little hectares, that will most definitely remain four, uncover an incomparable treasure: Parcels with very different compositions. One is clay, the other is limestone, and the last is gravel. The grape varieties find the exact soil at their roots. There are three of them, the Merlot, the Cabernet Franc and the Cabernet Sauvignon. The grape-growing methods were completely revisited:
. Parcel drainage
. Grapes varieties and root stock adapted to the nature of each soil
. Highly trained vines to amplify the leaf canopy
. Soil work destined to develop a root system
. Manual pruning and green harvesting respecting each plant stock
. Reasoned spraying methods with depending upon risk of pest
In the same spirit of quality, today we have rebuilt a fully modern winery.
4 – THE EXPERIENCE OF A GREAT WINEMAKER
The Oenologist Serge Charritte who has vinified 30 vintages in the Pessac-Léognan appellation, joined the team at our domain : « The Hannetot project is an interesting one, since here I am again in my preferred land, the Pessac-Léognan appellation. This domain is small and manageable that possesses a great potential. It is inspiring. The investments are substantial and the first wine, the result of our new vision of the vineyard, promises pleasure and quality. In the winery, this spirit is pervasive. The extractions are soft and the barrel ageing has only a slight woodiness ».
Reasonable and reasoned, that is the essence of Hannetot. At each stage of the winemaking, the purity that nature imparts on the grape is preserved.
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