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Château Haut-Plantade 2016


Appellation | Pessac Léognan

Grape52% de cabernet-sauvignon, 48% de merlot

Ageing | This vintage will be aged entirely between 12 and 16 months in French oak barrels, 1/3 of which are renewed each year. During this period of aging in barrels, racking is carried out every four months.

Tasting Notes Château Haut-Plantade red is particularly powerful and fragrant. Morello cherry, vanilla and liquorice are present. Finally, the mouth of this red Pessac Leognan is powerful and failry long. 

Pairing | Duck breast, pan-fried porcini mushrooms, porcini mushroom risotto, beef or grilled red meat. 

Drinking | 2020-2030

Critic Notes / Awards | Decanter 92, Jean Marc Urain 92



The vineyard was born in 1975. Alain and Francine Plantade transformed and planted a plot of just over one hectare kept from the sale of Domaine du Bergey. They thus created the Château Ponteil Bergey vineyard, which saw its first vintage in 1978. Ponteil Bergey became Château Haut-Plantade in 1988. Today, Alain Plantade, if he gave up his Belgian and Martinican clientele, continues to visit his French clientele.

Vincent Plantade took over the estate in 1988 after studying viticulture and oenology. He married in 2009 to Mathilde Meynard, daughter of a lawyer from Tulle, whom he met during the harvest at the property in 2007. The long line of the Plantades was extended in 2009 by the birth of Lazare, then by that of Jeanne in 2012. After new plantations, the estate is now approaching eleven hectares.

Current Owner:  Vincent Plantade 

Soils:  Château Haut-Plantade is located on the hilltops of the old bed of the Garonne. Thus the grapes grow on a magnificent mixture of pebbles, gravel and sand, limestone and fossils. This typical soil of the AOC Pessac Léognan is part of a microclimate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and protected by the forest of the Landes Gironde.

Farming: Château Haut-Plantade practices “reasoned agriculture” consisting of minimizing interventions likely to have a negative impact on the environment, and therefore reinforcing the positive impacts on environmental fauna and flora.

Actively committed for several years, Château Haut-Plantade has been labeled since July 2019 High Environmental Value, level III

Vines: 35 years old