A Typical and Exceptional Wine
depuis des siècles
Once, the volume of the trade was of such importance, that wine, coming from the hinterland of Brulhois ( Lot et Garonne ,Tarn et Garonne and Gers) took the name of Bordeaux once it arrived at the port of shipment. They contributed widely in quality wines known as "Bordeaux", in a time when appellation titles did not yet exist.
To recognize the history and the qualities of the Brulhois, it was necessary to request that the region is being recognized as part of the Appellations d’Origine Contrôlées.
The rediscovery of the glorious past of Château Labastide Orliac will not stop with the ORLIAC Domain, but will allow the rebirth of the entire regional vineyards. Under the initiative of Jacques ORLIAC, the father of Catherine and Isabella, the Brulhois (1) region obtained in 2011 its Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée under the name AOC Brulhois .
(1)Region in France, mainly situated in the Aquitaine region and the department of Lot -et- Garonne. It lies north of Biscay, on the left bank of the Garonne, south of Agen.
Today, "le Brulhois " is being recognized as "niche wine" by the Faculty of Oenology of Bordeaux because the quality of it's terroir (soil and continental climate) make that these grapes produce a wine beyond comparison.
A Typical and Exceptional Wine.
Le Brulhois is exceptional because of its soil and its continental climate, which makes the Tannat and Cabernet grapes ripen to perfection.
From the twelfth century to the eighteenth century this region was selling its wines as a “medicine wine".
The structure of its tannins treated men and gave richness and structure to other wine assemblies.
"une feuille de tannat : elle est large, épaisse et peu découpée"
The wines of the hinterland were faced with expulsion from the port, taxed by human toll that the region of Bordeaux imposed on them to get to the port, and the wine could not be sold as long as Bordeaux had not sold theirs.
The Domain survived all its constraints and phylloxera .
If constraints were a terrible brake for development at one point, Catherine and Isabella turned this situation into an advantage today. The Domain and the soil remained free from any chemical pollution and intensive crops.
Recent analyzes show that the soil is in perfect health and has an intense biological activity.
La tradition depuis des siècles
Aware of the heritage and using the know-how they have accumulated over generations, Catherine and Isabella maintain a culture of rigorous tradition on the ten hectares of vines that the Château Labastide Orliac counts today.
To work the ground, they use a horse as much as possible in order to prevent settling the soil and therefor allow the roots to grow deeper through the different soil layers, which will give the wine its fine and luxurious aromas that characterize the wines of the Domain.
All work of planting, sizing and bottling is made in conjunction with a rising or a falling moon to ensure its efficiency.
Vines " Royal Heritage "
Today Catherine and Isabella continue to carefully watch over the Château des ORLIAC de LABASTIDE, a house steeped in history.
They strive to return all its nobility to their wine, forgotten by the horrors of the French Revolution and the disorders that followed for half a century!
The Domain always presents a unique blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat grape varieties, which provide these health and longevity tannins. It has the same vineyard, the same plots, the same terroir as the Grand Cru Wine inked in the history of France .
The irony of history is that the practice of this ancient knowledge is now at the height of modernity.