Château Carmenère 2018 - A.O.C Médoc
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The RICHARD-BARRAUD family has been working for five generations to produce quality red wines in Queyrac (Bordeaux - France), one of the northernmost communes in the Médoc AOC. This winemaking family started in the 19th century with Louis and Roger Richard, who used to grow the vines on horseback. It was in 1955, with Pierre BARRAUD that the decisive choice was made to produce grapes in Médoc AOC; work pursued by Chantal and Alain BARRAUD. In 2006, Richard BARRAUD, the fifth generation, made a real decision: the creation of another wine estate in a particular cellar. CHATEAU CARMENERE was born to bring up to date a grape variety almost forgotten: La Carménère.

In the vineyard

The vineyard is cultivated in an artisanal way on a gravelly-sandy soil with a clay-limestone subsoil thus offering optimal grape ripeness.

The grape variety is typically Médocain, with a proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon worthy of the great classified growths of Médoc. The selected varieties offer an undeniable diversity: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. This little known grape variety was destroyed about 150 years ago by an insect called phylloxera, like all other grape varieties. But unlike other grape varieties this one has not been replanted in France in the 20th century. It was during the creation in 2006 that Richard Barraud replanted this grape with the sole aim of bringing a rare typicity to Château Carmenère.

To understand the quality of this land, we must return to the minimum in the seventeenth century when the land, on which are currently our vineyards, were lined, see flooded waters of the estuary of the Gironde. And, for centuries and centuries, they have experienced the incessant movements of currents, tides, winds, climate changes. In 1648, the Dutch began to build dikes backing the river "the Gironde" in its current bed. This allowed us to discover exceptional terroirs for the culture of the vine.

In the cellar

The winery was built in 2008 on the foundations of the former barn where cows and horses could rest after a good day's work.

The equipment is very complete in order to carry out the harvesting and winemaking with thermo-regulated vats.

The work of the winery is done throughout the year according to the lunar calendar and tastings under the watchful eye of the oenologist. The aging, only in new French oak barrels, brings a touch of toast and tannins thanks to the diversity of the rigorously selected coopers.

Bottling is carried out on the property by a mobile truck that complies with good bottling practices. The bottles simply pulled and blocked are bet on Viplac and stored in the best conditions. The bottles are then encapsulated, dressed and crated wood flat by us as and when orders.

Work on the Grand Vin

The winemaking process is traditional, thermoregulated in small vats adapted to plot work. The aging is done in new barrels at 50% during 20 months for 2016. The harvest is manual in a crate.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Carmenère
  • Type of wine
    Non Classified
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    8 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    30 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    50% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2023 and 2038
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Non Classified) from Médoc is made with a vineyard that has an area of 8 hectares by Château Carmenère. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 19 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 50% of new barrels.


The Médoc appellation combines three types of terroir: the Pyrenees gravel, the Garonne gravel, and the clay-limestone soils. Given the importance of the size of the appellation, these terroirs are characterized by an extreme variety of soils and subsoils.The Médoc enjoys an exceptional geographical location and a unique underground. Gravel rumps give birth to great wines. The blend of Merlot (the most important grape variety of the AOC), with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec give the wines charm and balance.The mouth of the Médoc is well structured, full on a frame of tasty tannins.