The Château


Château de Claribès is an Organic Bordeaux Wine Estate with a long history of producing high quality, individual wines.

Established in the 16th Century, it’s limestone slopes and proximity to the Dordogne made it ideal for both grape growing and river transport into the port of Bordeaux.

The Gallo Romans first introduced vineyards into the area and the caves beneath the Château are of archaeological interest. Thought to have been inhabited centuries before the Romans, this was confirmed in an excavation, conducted by the University of Bordeaux, which uncovered a number artifacts.

The current owners, Helen & Nick, produced their first wine vintage at the property in 2005, continuing a tradition of quality and innovation.

“Our philosophy,” says Helen, “is simple – We make wines that are a true reflection of the terroir in a way that is sustainable and natural.”

Investment has continued in quality, replanting and restructuring the vineyards, conversion to organic (biologique) agriculture, upgrading the wineries and implementing production methods for Organic Wine.

To bring wines directly to their clients an internet based wine business has been established. This allows customers to buy wines, at the Château door price, and have them delivered direct to their home or place of work.

“As newcomers in the French wine business we’re not bounded by inherited ways and methods. We’re able to take a practical view on what actually needs to be done and the best way to do it, merging new methods with traditional craftsmanship.”

Organic (Biologique) Certification has been awarded from the 2013 vintage.

The sustainable practices are carried through in the vineyard, winery, packaging, and distribution as well as in the newly renovated holiday house.

First available in summer 2010, the former stone vineyard workers cottage has been sympathetically restored to provide a spacious comfortable base for a vacation amongst the vineyards of Bordeaux.

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Visitors are actively welcomed throughout the year with tours and tastings regularly offered.

The ancient three story tower has been renovated to provide a shop and tasting room.

We are able to organise special events in the grounds. In addition the magnificent, restored, 160 square metre entertaining room can be made available.


We grow, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec vines, varieties that typify Bordeaux.

The estate currently has 11 hectares under vine with the remaining 14 hectares divide between woods and prairie.

The varieties of vines are chosen to harmonise with the soil and climate conditions, each bringing a unique character to the resulting wine.

Organic Bordeaux WineA sustainable approach is taken for working the vineyards. Much of the work is carried out by hand, organic fertilisers are used, indigenous plants are encouraged to grow between the rows of vines and the lunar cycle determines when we carry out key activities including the harvest.

Low yield techniques improve the health of the grapes, intensifying their flavour, aroma and colour.

Careful management of the foliage and leaf canopy helps us to improve photosynthesis and bunch ventilation.

Our objective is to have healthy, fully ripe grapes on all vineyard parcels before each is harvested.

logoABThe vineyards are officially classified as agriculture biologique (the French term for Organic). Wines from vintages 2010, 2011 and 2012 are classified as in conversion.

The first full Organic Bordeaux Wines are from the 2013 vintage.

We are certified by EcoCert.

  • Agriculture Biologique
  • No Pesticides
  • No Fungicides
  • No Herbicides
  • Only Healthy Ripe Grapes

Following the lunar calendar for all key vineyard and winery activities probably makes it sound as if we’ve gone a step too far on our “natural” path, but a quote about our 2007 Rosé in the Guide Hachette des Vins confirmed our belief.

“… made according to the lunar calendar, and judging by this wine, there’s definitely something in it”.
Guide Hachette des Vins

We combine Traditional and Modern Methods to craft high quality Organic Wines.

As the old adage goes “Wine is made in the vineyard” and it’s critical that the winemaking process complements this to ensure the wine is a true reflection of the vineyard.

At Château de Claribès the vineyards surround the house and wineries, so the grapes arrive and start the conversion process within minutes of being picked.

White wine is made from our half hectare vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc grapes. These grapes produce a superb fresh, clean, dry white wine.

Sauvignon in cuveThe grapes for our white and rosé wines are harvested by hand in the cool early morning air and kept at a steady low temperature during fermentation. This helps to capture and retain the delicate natural flavours and aromas.

The red wine is fermented on the grape skins for around eight weeks to develop colour, flavour, tannins and aroma. We use extraction techniques that are specific for each parcel of vines and variety. This produces a range of wines with quite different and unique qualities.

In years of good quality natural yeast, we allow the fermentation to begin naturally. We carry out a natural secondary fermentation on the red wines, converting malic acid into lactic acid, which gives the wines a full, rounded feel in the mouth.

Rosé and white wines are finished and bottled in the year. No allergens are used in the process and SO2 levels are kept to strict minimums without compromising the ability of the wine to remain fresh.

Following fermentation, the red wine is matured for almost two years before bottling at the Château. We allow the red wines to mature for a further year or two before releasing them for sale.

Our hand crafted wine making process means we can only make limited quantities of each wine.

It’s labour intensive, as many of our visitors will testify, requiring careful attention to detail.

It results in high quality organic Bordeaux wine, wine that is a true reflection of the vines and the vineyards. The wines are made as naturally as possible without compromise on quality.

  • Organic Wine
  • 100% Vegetarian
  • 100% Vegan
  • Hand Crafted
  • Award Winning

“Provenance has taken on increased significance amongst fine wine consumers. Knowing and buying direct from small producers, where the profits go back into the quality of the product, is THE WAY TO GO”.


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CIVB Selects Claribès Rosé

  We now have two wines selected by the CIVB in 2012. The CIVB selects Château de Claribès Rosé    “Hand-Picked Bordeaux” as well as Marpeau Rouge 2005 – Sainte Foy Bordeaux. The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB or Bordeaux

Decanter star rates Claribès Rosé 2011

Sometimes life is full of surprises, this weeks best happened when a visitor arrived at the Château door brandishing the latest copy of Decanter magazine. “..a case of the Hand-Picked Rosé please and did you know you’re in the Decanter

Guide Hachette 2011 – Star

Rose 2009   Star – Le merlot domine dans le rosé de ce château qui offre une vue agréable sur la vallée de Soulège. Vendangé suivant le calendrier lunaire, valorisé par une vinification soignée, il met en avant son velouté

IWC – 2010 – Bronze

Our latest wine, Vieille Vigne Malbec,  has just been awarded a Bronze Medal at the International Wine Challenge in London. The world’s most prestigious and influential independent wine competition – the International Wine Challenge (IWC) – announces the results of

Guide Hachette 2010 – Star

Blanc Sec 2008  Grown and vinified according to the lunar calendar, in accordance with the rules of biodynamics, this pure Sauvignon Blanc is only the third vintage of the new owners. It is distinguished by a beautiful straw yellow, intense

Guide Hachette 2009 – Star

Rose 2007   This small vineyard of 10.5 ha, beautifully situated on the slopes of the Dordogne, has the peculiarity of being grown and vinified by its new owners following the lunar calendar. An original method which seems to have

Guide Hachette 2008

Maison 2005, Marpeau 2005 2005 was the first vintage of the new owners of this estate, farmed using biodynamic methods, perched on the heights of Sainte-Foy. The garnet is clear and expressive, and the nose harmoniously combines aromas of red

Decanter Bronze 2009

Marpeau 2006 is awarded a Bronze medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2009. The winners were informed at the London International Wine Fair at Excel. This is the second year in row that wines from Chateau de Claribes have

Decanter Commended 2009

Château de Claribès Maison 2006 Sainte-foy Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France Maison is commended by the Judges at Decanter magazine for the second year in succession. Over 9000 wines are entered into this competition from all over the world.

Decanter Commended 2008

Château de Claribès Maison 2005 Sainte-foy Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France The Decanter World Wine Awards – the most influential wine competition in the world – attracted more entries in the 2008 year than ever before. In total 9219 wines were entered

Medaille d’Argent Concours de Bordeaux 2008

Chateau de Claribes is awarded a silver medal (medaille d’argent) for their Grand Vin de Bordeaux red wine Marpeau at the Concours de Bordeaux 2008. The wine is predominantly Cabernet Savignon and can be purchased directly from the Chateau in the UK