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If you are looking for a vineyard visit with a difference, Château Lamothe Bergeron could be just the place. On his arrival Laurent Mery, the General Manager of Château Lamothe Bergeron in Haut Médoc, declared that the property would be open for business to both wine professionals and amateurs alike and he has been true to his word. As of 2015, the chateau has opened its doors to visitors, from the reception and conference rooms to the bedrooms, the underground cellars and tasting rooms and the park around the property.
Visitors start their discovery in the salons of this elegant Cru Bourgeois. It was the innovative agronomist, Jacques de Bergeron, who gave his name to the property in the 18th century when he started introducing new agricultural techniques. The first surprise is to 'meet' this pioneer as he explains this passion himself during an interactive introduction.
From a history of innovation, you move to the present day preoccupation with eco-friendly vineyard techniques explained from an observatory overlooking the vines.
Then on to the cellars with a very cool explanation of blending, one of the keys to the Bordeaux wine style. In a video projected on to the glass wall between the visitor and the barrel cellar, Laurent Mery with Hubert de Bouard, consultant to the vineyard, enjoy a light hearted discussion as to how blending works and why it is such an important part of the process.
After a visit of the cellars, a tasting in the underground tasting room show the progress that has been made under the new ownership and a tour of the boutique, allows you to pick up a Cognac or a Pineau produced by the owners Cognac Hardy and H Mounier as well as the wines from the property.
Thanks to this unique experience, Château Lamothe Bergeron was awarded a 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award for Discovery and Innovation the same year as they opened.
In 2018 they added the Gold 'Best Of' for wine tourism services to their trophies shelf. Take a look at the range of experiences now on offer to understand why. You can try a range of vintages in a vertical tasting, enjoy a food and wine pairing, a picnic in the grounds or even taste the fermenting wines during the harvest to understand the principles behind maceration, alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation.
If this all sounds a bit exhausting don't worry, you can finish your visit to Château Lamothe Bergeron by relaxing in the shade of one of the century old trees in the park of the Chateau. Providing cushions and rugs, they encourage you to settle in and take your time to sip on your glass of wine. This experience is called the 'Sieste de Bacchus' so, should you nod off at the end of a long summer day, no one is going to come and disturb you - unless it's to refill your glass!