CHÂTEAU LOIRAC is a wine estate in the Médoc, a registered designation of origin, in the commune of Jau Dignac and Loirac. The first parcels of vines were planted in 1987 and the vineyard is located on two gravelly hills (sandy gravel and thin soils), 6 km west of the Estuary, and 15 km from the Atlantic Ocean. The seahorse on its crest is a reminder of the waters' proximity.
The proximity of the Gironde and the sea provides a unique climatic clemency: the incidence of tides, combined with windy periods and the action of the sun, favour the establishment of the vineyard. 15 hectares are planted in production, to which are added 2 hectares in planting, for a total area of 23 hectares.
In this marshy region of "mattes" (heavy and clay soils), the vineyard emerges on the only gravelly sandy ridges scattered in islets rising to fourteen metres above sea level. The texture and geographical location of the soils induce a natural drainage necessary for a regular and homogeneous vegetative growth of the vine.
The elaboration of the wines of CHÂTEAU LOIRAC stems from parsimonious choices: low vigour rootstocks, strict pruning "in double Guyot", search for harmony between the grape varieties. With a grape variety composed of 35% Merlot Noir, 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot, the vineyard produces each year about 80,000 bottles
The history of CHÂTEAU LOIRAC goes back to the arrival of the Dutch in Bordeaux to develop the trade and export of wine. Built near the Gironde estuary and the sea, CHÂTEAU LOIRAC is a Médoc wine estate, a registered designation of origin, in the commune of Jau Dignac and Loirac, abandoned after the Second World War, CHÂTEAU LOIRAC was taken over in 1987 by friends who were passionate about wine and viticulture.
That same year, the first parcels of vines were planted. Since then, the founders have endeavoured to improve and equip the production site to make CHÂTEAU LOIRAC a friendly place to produce a great wine. The estate has grown over the years with the acquisition of new plots.
From the cellar to the colombière, all the buildings have been renovated in accordance with the architecture of the Médoc by local craftsmen. 2015, the forge adjacent to the colombière will be converted into a charming cottage