A Piece of Bordeaux History
With 60 hectares nestled in a rich forest in Pessac-Leognan, Chateau Olivier has a rich history that dates to the middle ages. In fact, many historians believe as far back as the 11th Century. Once the preferred hunting retreat of Edward of Woodstock of the House of Plantagenet, also known as the Black Prince, this estate is now a protected historic monument and is one of the few in the region to earn the title Chatueau. In 1867 the estate was purchased by Alexander de Bethmann, who was at that time the mayor of Bordeaux. Overseen today by his descendants, the Bethmann family believes in creating excellent wine. To that end, in recent years the family has made significant investments, including hiring celebrated oenologue Laurent Lebrun as General Manager and the construction of a new cellar, with the aim of improving the quality of the wine.
Classified Crus Classé de Graves in 1953, the gravel soils over a clay and limestone base is ideal for producing aromatically intense wines. Uniquely situated, the terroir is equally as excellent for reds and whites, a true exception as only five other estates are classified for both colors. With 10 hectares of white Semillion, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle complemented by 50 hectares of red Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Chateau Olivier produces seductive and engaging blends, archetypes of the classic Bordeaux style. With an attention to detail and a focus on allowing the wine to develop its full aromatic potential, the Chateau Olivier wines express richness with a harmonious balance and deep structure.
Wines with Conviction
Combining beautiful and profound minerality with a poor overall quality, the soils at Chateau Olivier allow for the development of intriguing characteristics in the vines and greater control of the maturation of the grapes. Out of respect for the unique character of the terroir, here the grapes are farmed biodynamically; however the estate has not sought official certification as a biodynamic producer. The traditional bouquet is strongly aromatic notably balanced and harmonious with concentrated fruit. Exuberant in youth the wines are nonetheless delicate and intriguing, the result of small lot vinification and the complexity of the soils, blending freshness, acidity and finesse. With a great potential for aging these wines affirm Chateau Olivier’s place both in Bordeaux’s past and its future.