Chateau L'Orangerie Bordeaux 2020

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Tasting Notes

Aromas of dark cherry and damson plum with faint spice notes. The wine is round, supple and it is medium-plus in body. Flavors of cherry and plum alongside spice and black raspberry with a hint of minerality on the finish.


Established as a winemaking property back in 1790, Chateau L’Orangerie has kept up a rich winemaking tradition, now going back through 8 generations of the Icard family.  Henry Icard, unique heir, finds himself at the head of an important patrimony, regrouping several properties from neighboring villages.   Following the end of World War 1, he returns to his civil life, deciding only to run and keep the property at Saint Félix . His two sons, Jacques and Pierre, take over the property from 1970.  Jacques later also becomes the mayor of Saint Felix. Today, Jean-Christophe Icard, son of Pierre, owns and runs the property.  He has built up the estate of Château de L’Orangerie: Jean is very attached to the notion of heritage, but also eager to bring a touch of originality to his production, Jean-Christophe Icard offers a range of quality, combining tradition and modernity.

The winery is located in the heart of Entre-Deux-Mers, 50 Km south east of the town of Bordeaux, in the Gironde department. The Chateau is located in the heart of almost 250 acres of vineyards planted mainly in chalk and clay soil over sandy clay subsoil. The winery has received an HVE3 certification for sustainable practices. The Haute Valeur Environnementale or HVE certification was developed by the French Ministry of Agriculture in 2001. It is a three-tiered system that encourages farms and vineyards to focus on increasing biodiversity, decreasing the negative environmental impact of their phytosanitary strategy (i.e. measures for the control of plant diseases, reducing the use of pesticides and fungicides), managing their fertilizer inputs, and improving water management. Level 3 is the highest level and provides the certification HVE (high environmental value) for the entire farm operation. It includes performance requirements measured either by composite indicators, or by global indicators corresponding to the four themes. This level is also validated by an external audit after 3 years of operating at Level 2 (level 2 has 16 “best practices” around 4 themes: biodiversity, use of pesticides, fertilizers, and water management.)

L’Orangerie is a reference to a part of the Chateau where in previous years orange trees were conserved against frost during the winter months.

Grapes for this wine come from vineyards that average 30 years of age.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Grilled preparations, Lamb, Pizza, Red Meat, Sausage, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce

France, Bordeaux
Grape Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
$16.00 each
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