Chateau La Lagune takes over neighbouring estate
- Tuesday 26 November 2013
Both estates are in AOC Haut-Médoc, and were part of the same property at the time of the famous Médoc classification.
The Frey family has owned 85-hectare La Lagune since 2000, while the 9 hectare cru bourgeois Chateau d’Arche has been owned by Mahler Besse négociants – part-owners of Chateau Palmer in AOC Margaux – since 1990.
The rental agreement – where La Lagune will run and harvest the vineyards under a ‘fermage’ arrangement – was completed in October, with this year’s difficult 2013 harvest carried out by the team at Chateau la Lagune, under the direction of Patrick Moulin.
Chateau d’Arche’s stocks have not been bought, and will continue to be held by Mahler Besse.
Caroline Frey, owner of Chateau La Lagune, told decanter.com that the production of Chateau d’Arche will be integrated into the property’s Mademoiselle L wine from the 2013 vintage, blended with grapes that the estate owns in Cussac Fort Médoc.