France, Bordeaux


The Family

In 1985, two old friends took over the CHÂTEAU DE FRANCS : DOMINIQUE HÉBRARD (former owner of Château Cheval Blanc) and HUBERT DE BOUARD(co-owner of Château Angélus). Both of these respective Châteaux have reached their highest possible classification, Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé A, and that attention to the highest of standards is reflected in their achievements at Château de Francs.


The Vineyards

CHÂTEAU DE FRANCS is an architectural wonder of the Middle Ages, dating back to the 1400’s when it was used as a military stronghold. Located on one of the highest hillsides in the Gironde, in the CÔTE DE FRANCSappellation, the 70 acres of 35-year-old vines are situated on clay-limestone terroir, very similar to that of the Saint-Émilion plateau.

All harvesting is by hand, with de-leafing and two sorting of the grapes. Vinification is in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, and the wine is matured in French oak barrels for 12-14 months, of which 20% are renewed each year.


The Winemaking

he approach at CHÂTEAU DE FRANCS is to make wines which are concentrated and seductive, with great purity, no hint of over-maturity or over-extraction, and fine, will-integrated use of new oak.