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Fall In Love With Bordeaux – Valentine’s Day Chateaux

Are the French more romantic than the British? It seems so. Winemakers tend to be passionate people and there are a few chateaux that produce wines that are inspired by romance. Here are some Bordeaux wines to fall in love with . . .

Chateau Peyfaures, owned by the Godeau family, mixes tradition with modernity. The chateau lies in Peyfaures, Genissac and produces the Bordeaux Superieur Dame de Coeur (literally translated as The Queen of Hearts). Several of their vintages, have rather appropriately won a Coup de Coeur (exceptional wine) from the Le Guide Hachette des Vins.

Chateau Puy d’Amour (The Hill of Love) has been owned by Murielle and Johann Demel since 1998. The chateau sits in Saint Seurin de Bourg and the family produce a Côtes de Bourg from their 14 hectares of organic vineyards.

Chateau Lamothe de Haux, owned by the Chombart family, dates back to the 16th century and lies in Haux, near Creon. They produce both red (Premiers Côtes de Bordeaux, whites and clairet but also produce Valentine Par Valentine. Why the name Valentine? It is the name of their daughter who was born in the year 2000 and she painted the ‘V’ on the label herself!

Valentine features in the names of several Bordeaux chateaux, Valentin being a French version of the name:

Chateau Deyrem Valentin (Margaux Cru Bourgeois) and Chateau Valentin (Haut Medoc) are both owned by Jean Sorge, owner of Chateau Soussans in Margaux.

Chateau Rol Valentin (Saint Emilion) was purchased by Nicolas and Alexandra Robin in 2009 who also own Chateaux de Laussac (Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux) and Clos Vieux Taillefer (Pomerol).

Rol Valentin (then known as Cru de Rol) was once owned by Ferdinand de Taffard de Saint-Germain (1868) who also owned Chateau Fombrauge, the flagship of Bernard Magrez today.

Chateau Leydet Valentin is also in Saint Emilion, near the border with Pomerol and has been in the Leydet family since the 19th century. The family also own Chateau de Valois in Pomerol.

There is also a Chateau Valentin (Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux) owned by the Revaire family and if that is not enough for the romantics amongst you there are also Chateau Les Saints Amants (Saints of Lovers) a Bergerac made by Hervé Chouvac who owns Chateau du Mont (Sainte Croix du Mont) and Séduction made by Chateau Sablard (Bourg Côtes de Bordeaux)!

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