dates back to the 16th century, when the Trevey de Charmail family settled in the Medoc. The property itself started to become well known in the early 18th century.
Château Charmail sits on the banks of the Gironde, where it enjoys milder temperatures and protection from the severe winter frosts which can be disastrous for the vineyards. The Château Charmail vineyards are in a single block of land and extend almost to the water’s edge. The soils mainly consist of clay-gravel, sand and colluvial deposits. This diversity is what gives Château Charmail wines their balance and distinctive character: finesse and elegance created by the gravel soil, and strength and power derived from the clay.
Olivier Sèze, the previous owner, continues to work at the property alongside the d’Halluin family, who own Château Charmail today, where he contributes his experience, knowledge and expertise. Château Charmail therefore continues to follow in a tradition that Olivier has built up over the years, that of total control and high standards in all stages of wine growing and winemaking, in the quest for elegance and balance.
At Château Charmail they strive to protect the precious terroir and work in an increasingly environmentally-friendly manner. They plough the soil up around the middle of the rows and around the foot of the vines, and the earth is hoed, which encourages the vine to develop a deep rooting system which better enables it to resist water stress. They do not use chemical fertilizers or herbicides. At the vinification stage, everything is done to achieve Château Charmail’s objective of producing balanced wines. The cold skin maceration technique, used and invented at the property, enables them to extract, from the skins, the components that create the best tannic structure in the wine. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, a third of which are replaced each year to avoid an excessive oak character.
More informations on the website Charmail