A breath of fresh air is blowing over the Sauternes. This renowned appellation and wine region just south of Bordeaux has taken destiny into its own hands and is now playing a leading role in the future of the Bordeaux vineyards.
Following in the footsteps of the La Chapelle restaurant at Château Guiraud and the Lalique hotel-restaurant at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Château d’Arche aims to become an eco-friendly wine tourism site on the international level by 2021.
Château d’Arche, already labeled “Vignobles & Découvertes”, has received several “Best of Wine Tourism” awards. The new cellar therefore had to include a strong wine tourism dimension in order to enhance the guest experience during a visit. The chateau will now be able to offer a trip to the heart of its terroir that highlight its specialties and environmental commitments. The setting provides for a fun and experiential guided tour with a strong cultural dimension, taking us to the reception room overlooking Sauternes and the Cuvier, ending at the shop.
The old building dates back to 1930 and was no longer up to standard in terms of the qualitative and environmental requirements of a Cru Classé de Sauternes. After two years of work in collaboration with the architects of the Monuments of France, the advent of this new cellar at the forefront of sustainable development sets the tone for the new ambitions of Château d’Arche. The chateau now aims for excellence for its wines and of the property, while staying true to its history and respecting the natural environment.
Château d’Arche’s mission to build with an eco-responsible approach was entrusted to the architect, Benoit Sacaze. In partnership with local craftsmen he has designed a simple, modern, ecological and fully integrated cellar building. Its green roof follows the natural curve of the hillside that dominates the village of Sauternes, without exceeding the height of the old buildings. The cladding is made of 100% natural acacia trunks, reminiscent of the vine stakes.
Château d’Arche Wines :
- Château d’Arche – first wine known as a Sauternes Alpha
- Perle d’Arche and Soleil d’Arche
- A d’Arche (white and red)
- Crémant d’Arche
- Over 400 years of history, established in 1580 by Henry d’Arche, Dean of the city of Bordeaux.
- Famous neighbours: The chateaus of Yquem, Guiraud, Rayne-Vigneau, Lafaurie-Peyraguey and La Tour Blanche.
- Production: 120 000 bottles / year
- Grapes: 90% Semillon, 9% Sauvignon and 1% Muscadelle
For more information please visit the Château d’Arche website
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