An exceptional vintage wine
rooted in France’s history
“Royal Héritage” is an exceptional vintage produced
at Château Labastide Orliac.
Its origin goes back to the time it was served to accompany the King’s banquets and also occurred elsewhere at European courts. This became only known in 2007 when its history was discovered by Catherine and Isabelle Orliac in their own ancestral home.
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Héritières de Jean Orliac, fournisseur de la Cour de France
An exceptional vintage
Château Labastide is the only wine estate situated on the right bank of the Garonne river (Southwestern France) producing “appellation Brulhois” wines due to the fact its soil consists of a type of clay very similar to that of the Pomerol region.
It allows the production of merlots presenting intense aromas.
The cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and tannat profit from the continental climate leading to full maturity of the tannins, creating good health and longevity.
The unique equilibrium of the wine from Château Labastide Orliac is mentioned by the oenology department of Bordeaux university as a “niche wine”.
Wine with a history
The two sisters, Catherine and Isabelle Orliac, whiling away a stormy evening, discovered, hidden in an old piece of furniture in their ancestral home, venerable manuscripts and other items relating to the history of their estate and family.
A letter written by the King of France, Louis XVI
Stupefied, they found a letter signed by Louis XVI, King of France, offering protection to their ancestor Jean Orliac which permitted him to continue his trade in the wine business. The reason of that letter was the fact that a ship owned by Jean Orliac had been shipwrecked while plying the Garonne river. As a consequence Jean Orliac went bankrupt and was imprisoned by his creditors. That letter released him from prison and offered him safe-conduct.
The discovery of these papers and objects by Catherine and Isabelle Orliac in 2007 made them name their best vintage “1780 Royal Héritage” in remembrance of Jean Orliac and of the favour bestowed on him by King Louis XVI. Although this event passed into oblivion, the wine- producing estate of the Orliac family continued its trade during seven generations.