Château Fleur Haut Gaussens
Owner: Hervé Lhuillier
Winemaker: Olivier Dauga
Annual Production: 270,000 bottles
Vineyard: 40 hectareas around Verac
This family estate is a special property that produces unique wines full of personality. The story begins in 1941 when Daniel and Catherine Lhuillier, Hervé Lhuillier’s paternal grandparents settled at a place called Les Gaussens in Verac France, near Fronsac.
In 1976, Nicole and Pierre Lhuillier, the parents, planted their own estate with 8 hectares in Les Gaussens. In 1990, their son Hervé Lhuillier joined the estate after finishing his studies; with a head full of innovative ideas and a deep desire to create a strong brand, he started producing the first wines.
In 1996, Hervé took over the family business: Vignobles Pierre Lhuillier et Fils, and began a decisive turning point in the family estate. His wines balance tradition with modernism and express the essence of the land and vintage. Today, thanks to the long-term work of a team with the greatest respect for the environment and a desire to be ahead of the trend (whether it be a new modern tasting room, single variety Bordeaux wines, or chic wine packaging), the wines have found their place in the best of the AOC.
Quick Facts on Bordeaux
HISTORY: Bordeaux was the center for wine exports from other regions, this made Bordeaux wines deeply appreciated across the world. In 1855 a major commercial exhibition took place that gave birth to the classification system that still holds sway today.
TODAY: Bordeaux continues to lead the world in fine wine production of Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot among other varietals. The vinification, production & classification methods continue to inspire world winemaking.
TERROIR : In the southwest France, close to the Atlantic Ocean, it is crossed by the Garonne River and the Gironde. The region has a moderately maritime climate. The cool Atlantic Ocean lies just west of the vineyards and is a cooling influence. In the best years, gentle heat throughout the growing season, sufficient rainfall to promote growth and ripening, and fine, relatively dry and warm early autumns allow for steady and complete ripening. Such a climate can result in an excellent balance of tannins, sugar, and acidity, which partly explains the remarkable longevity of great vintages here.