Chateau Soutard

Chateau Soutard

Château Soutard can trace its history back to 1775 and has been owned by the same family since 1811.The present owners are Isabelle, Hélène and François de Ligneris. Soutard's winemaking is in the hands of François, who initially trained as an architect before switching his studies to wine. He then spent time working with the Hill Smith family in Australia before beginning to take over from his father.

Soutard is located in the northern extreme of Saint Emilion's limestone plateau - 75% of the vineyards(27 hectares) are located on the limestone plateau, the rest being planted on limestone-clay and sandy slopes.

Soutard's wine is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified separately according to variety, age of the vines and the part of the vineyard. The wine is then matured in oak barrels (33% new), fined using egg whites and then bottled by natural gravity. It is never filtered.

Soutard's wines are full-bodied, dense and powerful with a great potential for ageing. Soutard is classified as a St.Emilion Grand Cru Classé.

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