Flo­rence Borel

Château de Che­liv­ette

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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.

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