Château de Chelivette
Why did you decide to convert this estate, one of Bordeaux’s oldest, into a biodynamic agricultural one? The château was rebuilt in the 16th century on foundations that date all the way back to the 13th. Even though this soil has been farmed for so long, it is perfectly suitable for farming with a conscience, with particular care given to the personnel and to the animals. We’ve created an environment where everyone has a role. For example, we produce our own organic cereals to sow among the vines as natural fertiliser and the animals, who come via the forest corridors that we’ve created for them, chase away pests.
Today, you produce red wine, rosé and clairet, tell us how you are going to diversify even more…
For the moment, we produce two red wines that qualify as Bordeaux supérieur, a rosé and a clairet. Not much clairet is produced in the Entre-deux- Mers but we really love it, particularly as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to a summer barbecue. Between now and 2020, we will be making our first bottles of white wine, we’re also thinking about making a sparkling wine.
What can you offer to visitors who don’t necessarily know the Entredeux-mers region?
We welcome visitors throughout the year, showing them around our estate and letting them taste our wines. We have also completely renovated Château Mathereau, just a few metres away from Château de Chelivette. Here, our guests can enjoy the swimming pool, the sauna, the tennis courts and the huge terrace overlooking the vines, in a private environment. As we’re just 15 minutes from Bordeaux, it’s a great starting point for exploring the region while making the most of the peace and quiet here in the Entre-deux-mers.
Florence Borel and her husband Jacques have been in charge of Château de Chelivette- nestled between Bordeaux and Saint-émilion- since 2014. Since then, they have converted the estate into a biodynamic agricultural domain while at the same time offering high-end accommodation.