The poet Ausone praised the glory of the terroir of Saint-Emilion in the fourth century. At that time, the Roman Burdigala was already known for the quality of its wines. History would then populate this land of castles and link it to personalities such as Henry IV, who brought the Dutch to transform the Médoc wetlands into wine lands. Pope Clement V helped Bordeaux gain its reputation as he served Graves wines in his residences in Avignon and England. This people made it possible to create the most complex blends in the world.
Bordeaux vineyards posses 60 AOC, each with its specificity. Bordeaux red wines are mainly made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes; whereas whites are mainly Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc based wines. Just to give a few exemples of Bordeaux diversity, Saint-Estèphe mainly produces powerful and tannic Cabernet Sauvignon red wines in the left bank, while right bank Pomerol produces more Merlot velvety and fruity wines. Pessac-Léognan whites are generally crisp with a whiff of citrus, while Sauternes or Barsac usually have quince, candied apricots and passion fruit aromas …
The year 1855 marks the destiny of Bordeaux wines because of the publication of the first Bordeaux ranking: four Castles were awarded the coveted title of Premier Cru Classé, what included Margaux, Haut-Brion, Latour, Lafite Rothschild, and Mouton Rothschild that joined this very select group a bit later. Many other castles were granted titles of second, third, fourth and fifth Cru Classé . Saint-Emilion right bank castles were ranked later into Grand Cru Classé A and B, being Cheval Blanc, for exemple, one of the top awarded ones. Pomerol, however, lacks of any appellation system which makes of Pétrus one of the most pretigious wine in the world with no rank at all !
We welcome this diversity at Les Grands Chais Monegasques and we will help you make the right choice: Ausone, Angelus, Cheval Blanc, Margaux, Lynch-Bages, Latour, Haut Brion, La Conseillante, Petrus, Yquem ; they are all respresented in our cellar !
The notion of Cru means the recognition of the value of the land, the treatment of its vineyards and the care of human labour. In order to keep in track with the same care for wines, Les Grands Chais Monégasques age them in our air-conditioned cellars to help them gently develop a subtle palette of colors, aromas and flavors in the bottles. We invite you to discover the the history and tastes of Bordeaux castles in our cellar !