A Brief History

The Médoc is a land rich in tradition, a triangular peninsula stretching along the Gironde Estuary. The region's vineyards cover some 15,000 hectares in all, stretching from south to north over a distance of about 80 kilometres.

The region has an oceanic climate and is renowned for its mild temperatures and frequent rains. Fortunately, this rainfall is not evenly spread over the seasons and in the autumn and early spring, when it rains frequently, the vines are in a period of rest: the rain therefore goes to stock up ground water reserves. The mild spring temperatures, however, make for early budburst, as the vines emerge from their winter slumber. The weather in June when the vines flower is generally fine, making for great vintages, especially if it is followed by a hot, dry summer.

Château Fleur La Mothe was classified as a Cru Bourgeois in 1932 and is located in Saint Yzans du Médoc.

The various plots of vines are planted on mainly gravel hills. In the Médoc patois, “Mothe” actually means hilltop.

The river can be seen from most of the plots, and provides effective temperature regulation, protecting the vines from spring frosts, more particularly.

The slope of the hillsides is ideal for drainage. Any water that falls does not stagnate on the surface and filters through the layers of gravel.

Vignoble du Médoc

Vignoble du Médoc