“The beautiful landscape and the unique character of the wine were a source of inspiration for the great painter Odilon Redon.”

History

Renewal under the direction of Baron Edmond de Rothschild

Château Peyre-Lebade veils a rich historical heritage, marked by several famous individuals. The limestone-rich geology of the site certainly influenced the name of the property, since Peyre-Lebade means “Raised-Rock” (pierre levée). Indeed, the site features a former limestone quarry, which was probably used in building the neighbouring villages. The first traces of viticulture on the site date back to the Cistercien monks of the Vertheuil Abbey in the 12th century. Several centuries later, in 1835, Bertrand Redon, who was Odilon Redon’s father, purchased the Peyre-Lebade estate.

The great painter Odilon Redon lived and painted most of his most famous paintings at this estate. His work reflects the site’s charm, as well as his attachment to the family property. By 1979, the property had fallen into neglect, and was acquired by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, who was already the owner of the neighbouring vineyards of Château Clarke in Listrac and Château Malmaison at Moulis.

As of that date, Château Peyre-Lebade would undergo great changes in cultivation and quality under the direction of Baron Edmond. The vineyards were also drained and then replanted, and the buildings were renovated and completed by new constructions. Château Peyre-Lebade is now an integral part of Baron Benjamin (son of Edmond) de Rothschild’s properties. Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) handles the marketing of its wines.

The vineyard

Technical proximity with Château Clarke

The 55 hectares of vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (24%), Merlot (64%), and Cabernet Franc (12%).

The soils are limestone and clay-limestone, completely drained. The limestone-rich geology of the site certainly influenced the name of the property, since Peyre-Lebade means “Raised-Rock” (pierre levée). Indeed, the site features a former limestone quarry, which was probably used in building the neighbouring villages.

The technical team of Château Clarke and Malmaison manage the estate. Cultivation methods remain traditional, with grass cover crop in the rows. Leaf stripping and green harvesting are practiced on the entire vineyard for optimal maturity and concentration of the grapes.

The cellar

Traditional winemaking

The Château features recent installations, including a vast stainless steel tank complex featuring centralized monitoring of temperatures. The winemaking is completely traditional.

The cellar can hold a thousand barrels. The wine is made carefully through long maceration techniques, and ageing in barrels lasts between 12 and 16 months. Once decanted several times, as required for making fine wines, the wines are clarified using egg whites and then bottled at the Château.

The average production of Château Peyre-Lebade is 16,000 cases.