Vineyard

A passion for wine making

On a private estate of 92 acres, the Benito vineyard, situated above Cadillac, overhangs the valley of the Garonne offering the visitor magnificent views.

The estate also benefits from some remarkable natural factors : generous sunshine thanks to the magnificent South-East facing slopes on limestone hillsides giving the vineyard a perfect situation and basis for the finest quality grapes. Closed hedges and forest give an excellent balance.

It is on these lands convenient to the quality grapes that developed this passion.


The grape varietals are distributed as follow:

  • Red wine: Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Cabernet Franc 20%
  • White wine: Sauvignon Blanc 35%, Muscadelle 20%, Sémillon 35%, Sauvignon Gris 10%

The density of planting is 5,000 feet by hectare. Pruning is carried out using the simple guyot system.

The Merlot grape gives to the wine its body as well as a beautiful aromatic power with notes of red berries (strawberries, cherries, raspberries) but also nuances of plum and spices.

The Cabernet Sauvignon grape brings steady colour, notes of black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry) and especially the structure of the wine with its silky tannins. It also brings to the wine a longevity in the ageing process which characterises the great wines of Bordeaux.

The Cabernet Franc grape is known for its aromatic sharpness and its spicy notes (pepper, raspberry, violet). It brings to the wine a more structured, less coloured and tannic quality than that obtained with Cabernet Sauvignon, and also permits faster ageing.

Sauvignon Blanc gives a lively, well-balanced and fine dry white wine. It characterises the more aromatic and herbaceous white wines, with a vegetal character and notes of blackberry, boxwood and citrus.

Sémillon, thanks to its fine skin allows the noble rot to develop, in order to give high-quality syrupy white wines. It is characterised by aromas of hazelnut, acacia and honey and brings some roundness, body and richness to the wine.

Sauvignon Gris produces delicate, subtle and particularly interesting aromatic wines for the assemblies.

Finally Muscadelle contributes an intensely floral character with floral tones of honeysuckle, acacia, muscat and orange.

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Area

Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux vineyard is situated on a narrow band 40 miles long and 3 miles wide along the right bank of the Garonne river.


This area overlooks the river and offers
hilly landscapes of exceptional beauty.


Thanks to the Gallo-Roman colonisation and to the presence of Benedictine monks in the middle ages, it is rich in historical heritage, with ancient manor houses, fortified castles, and romanic and baroque churches.

You can come across beautiful buildings called “folies” built by the bourgeois inhabitants of Bordeaux in the XVIIIth century which constitute just one of the delightful discoveries of one of the most charming parts of the ‘Bordelais’.

In fact this area of vineyards in Bordeaux was well-known to the Romans. The conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar brought the first vines to the Cadillac region.

Team


 CHANTAL BENITO LARNAUDIE
Commercial managment

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 CAROLINE THIENPONT
Technical manager and œnologist

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 CAMILLE GENOT
Technical manager
Agronomist and œnologist

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 PIERRE KLOTZ
Head cellarman

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 LARBI EL BOUZIDI
Vine

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 STEPHANE TOUTOUNDJI
Oenologist

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Awards

JAMES SUCKLING’S MASTERCLASS
IN WINE APPRECIATION  


–    Château Saint Nicolas 2015 : 91 points

“Dark chocolate and spicy dark mulberries and plum-scented fruits here. Modern and plush. The palate has a thread of assertive tannin wrapped in fresh dark –cherry flavors. Drink now”

–    Château Saint Nicolas 2016 : 90 points

“Bright and attractive red fruit with an approachable palate that delivers ripe and supple tannins, carrying boysenberries and mulberries. Drink or hold.”


Château Graveyres “Cuvée Jade” . 2016 & 2017
Gold Medal – Concours bordeaux 2016 & 2017 



Our wines


Vineyards BENITO applies a reasoned vine growing today.

For our wine making, our cuvier is equipped with tanks thermo regulated by different volumes allowing us a perfect traceability. It allows to follow every plot of land of our vineyard.

Worried about our impact on the environment and the quality of our wine, we apply the wine making without sulfur. It is a question of replacing the sulfur by a yeast established by present microorganisms on the surface of the grapes. It allows to win in purity, in expression and keep the fineness taste of fruit.


We produce three red wines:
• Château Saint-Nicolas en appellation Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux,
• Château Tour du Videau en appellation Côtes de Bordeaux,
• Château Graveyres en appellation Bordeaux supérieur.

See our red wines

And two white wines:
• Château Graveyres en appellation Entre-deux-Mers,
• Château Saint-Nicolas en appellation Cadillac Liquoreux.

See our white wine