Chateau de France Pessac Leognan Bordeaux, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau de France Pessac Leognan with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, the history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau de France History, Overview

The formation of Chateau de France dates back to 1681. To create the estate, the vineyard was cobbled together by purchasing vines from several neighboring estates. The cellars and the chateau were built at the end of the 17th century. In 1862, under the ownership of Jean-Henri Lacoste, Chateau de France became what we know of as the property today.

The modern era for Chateau de France begins in 1971 when the estate was purchased by Bernard Thomassin. At the time of his purchase, Chateau de France was in desperate need of restorations and renovations, which were accomplished under the direction of the new owner.

To help increase the level of quality being produced here, they brought Michel Rolland as their consultant. Today, Chateau de France remains a family-owned property as the estate is managed by the son of Bernard Thomasson, Arnaud Thomassin.

In 2011, there was a tragic fire that destroyed their cellars. Until they could build a new cellar, their wine was produced at neighboring Chateau Haut Bailly. In 2012, they completed building their new cellars and production resumed at the estate again.

Chateau de France Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 46-hectare vineyard of Chateau de France is planted to red and white wine grapes. For the red wine, the vineyard is planted to 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. 4 hectares are reserved for the white wine grapes which are planted to 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon were planted in 1985.

Located not that far from Chateau de Fieuzal, the terroir is gravel, limestone, and clay soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,950 vines per hectare. Prior to the 1995 vintage, the grapes were all machine harvested. However, starting with the 1995 vintage and going forward, all the fruit is now picked entirely by hand.

The red wine of Chateau de France is vinified in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling.

The white Bordeaux wine of Chateau de France is vinified in French oak barrels. There is no malolactic fermentation, but there is some, limited skin contact. The wine is then aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 7 to 9 months before bottling.

There is a second wine for both the red and white wine, Chateau Coquillas. On average, close to 20,000 cases of all their wines are produced at Chateau de France in every vintage. The estate produces another wine from the Pessac Leognan appellation, Le Bec en Sabot, which is considered their third wine.

The best vintages of Chateau de France are: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005. Although it is important to note that there are vintages when the red wine is much better than the white wine, as well as years when the whites are better than the reds.

When to Drink Chateau de France, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau de France can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau de France offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 6-12 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau de France, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau de France is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The red wine of Chateau de France is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.

Chateau de France is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese. The white wine of Chateau de France is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal, and cheese.

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Château de France Wine Tasting Notes

27 Vintages 62,420 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2023
90
Flowers, cherries, currants, tobacco, and thyme are elegantly presented in this medium-bodied, vibrant, forward, soft-textured, early-drinking, energetic wine. Drink from 2027-2037. 89-91 Pts

Flowers, cherries, currants, tobacco, and thyme are elegantly presented in this medium-bodied, vibrant, forward, soft-textured, early-drinking, energetic wine. Drink from 2027-2037. 89-91 Pts

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2022
92
Smoky red berries, spice,, and tobacco leaves are already in evidence. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, creamy and fresh, with more of those sweet, ripe, red, tobacco-infused fruits in the savory-edged finish. This is a solid follow up to the 2020. Drink from 2025-2040. 91-93 Pts.

Smoky red berries, spice,, and tobacco leaves are already in evidence. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, creamy and fresh, with more of those sweet, ripe, red, tobacco-infused fruits in the savory-edged finish. This is a solid follow up to the 2020. Drink from 2025-2040. 91-93 Pts.

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2022
90
Sweet, lemons, pomelo, crisp green apple, and a hint of orange are already delicious to drink in this fruity, creamy-textured wine. Drink from 2024-2028. 90-90 Pts.

Sweet, lemons, pomelo, crisp green apple, and a hint of orange are already delicious to drink in this fruity, creamy-textured wine. Drink from 2024-2028. 90-90 Pts.

1,387 Views   Tasted
2021
91
Fresh, elegant, refined, sweet and frankly, pretty, the fruits offer purity and elegance on the mid-palate and in the finish. This is quite successful for the vintage. Drink from 2024-2034.

Fresh, elegant, refined, sweet and frankly, pretty, the fruits offer purity and elegance on the mid-palate and in the finish. This is quite successful for the vintage. Drink from 2024-2034.

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With incense, forest leaf, espresso, and currants on the palate, the wine is quite oaky on the palate, which hides much of the fruit. With aging, this could improve, and the score the increase. Time will tell. Drink from 2024-2037. 88-90

With incense, forest leaf, espresso, and currants on the palate, the wine is quite oaky on the palate, which hides much of the fruit. With aging, this could improve, and the score the increase. Time will tell. Drink from 2024-2037. 88-90

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2021
90
Fresh, crisp, bright yellow citrus with a hint of orange tropical fruits in the nose and on the vibrant, creamy finish. This is ready-to-go on release. Drink from 2023-2029. 90-90

Fresh, crisp, bright yellow citrus with a hint of orange tropical fruits in the nose and on the vibrant, creamy finish. This is ready-to-go on release. Drink from 2023-2029. 90-90

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2020
92
Red fruits, dried flowers and green, leafy herbs create the nose. On the palate, the wine has lift, energy and vibrance to the red berries and spice. The finish is equally fresh, as well as elegant. Chateau de France has been on quite a roll lately and 2020 is no exception. Drink from 2024-2040.

Red fruits, dried flowers and green, leafy herbs create the nose. On the palate, the wine has lift, energy and vibrance to the red berries and spice. The finish is equally fresh, as well as elegant. Chateau de France has been on quite a roll lately and 2020 is no exception. Drink from 2024-2040.

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Chateau de France has been on quite a roll lately and 2020 is no exception. The wine is dark in color and in its fruit. There are additional nuances of smoke, tobacco leaf, savory herbs and currants. Lush, round, silky and sweet, there is energy, length and complexity here. Plus, the wine sells for a song. 91-93 Pts

Chateau de France has been on quite a roll lately and 2020 is no exception. The wine is dark in color and in its fruit. There are additional nuances of smoke, tobacco leaf, savory herbs and currants. Lush, round, silky and sweet, there is energy, length and complexity here. Plus, the wine sells for a song. 91-93 Pts

1,292 Views   Tasted
2020
91
Grapefruit, orange, honeysuckle, white peach and spice create the nose. From there, you find polished, fresh, creamy, green apples and citrus on the mid-palate and in the finish. This is definitely good-to-go on release. Drink from 2023-2032.

Grapefruit, orange, honeysuckle, white peach and spice create the nose. From there, you find polished, fresh, creamy, green apples and citrus on the mid-palate and in the finish. This is definitely good-to-go on release. Drink from 2023-2032.

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Honeysuckle, lemon chiffon, orange rind, spice and green apple come through on the nose and on the sweet, juicy, fresh, creamy, zesty palate. 90 Pts

Honeysuckle, lemon chiffon, orange rind, spice and green apple come through on the nose and on the sweet, juicy, fresh, creamy, zesty palate. 90 Pts

1,215 Views   Tasted
2019
91
Smoky, earthy, dark red fruits, tobacco leaf and herbs create the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is fresh, spicy, chewy and savory with a smoked herb quality on top of all those gorgeous dark berries and a suggestion of dark chocolate and mint in the endnote. Give it a few years in the cellar before pulling a cork. Drink from 2024-2035.

Smoky, earthy, dark red fruits, tobacco leaf and herbs create the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is fresh, spicy, chewy and savory with a smoked herb quality on top of all those gorgeous dark berries and a suggestion of dark chocolate and mint in the endnote. Give it a few years in the cellar before pulling a cork. Drink from 2024-2035.

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Dark ruby with a nice sheen to its hue. The wine is soft, polished, refined, medium-bodied, fruity and forward. There is an easy drinkabilty here, allowing you to experience all the ripe fruits with their bitter chocolate accent in the endnote. 90-92 Pts

Dark ruby with a nice sheen to its hue. The wine is soft, polished, refined, medium-bodied, fruity and forward. There is an easy drinkabilty here, allowing you to experience all the ripe fruits with their bitter chocolate accent in the endnote. 90-92 Pts

2,397 Views   Tasted
2019
91
Honeysuckle, flowers, and bright, sweet, yellow citrus with a hint of mango and tangerine blend together to create a juicy, sweet and fresh, forward, bright wine with a creamy, lemon oriented finish. Drink from 2022-2026.

Honeysuckle, flowers, and bright, sweet, yellow citrus with a hint of mango and tangerine blend together to create a juicy, sweet and fresh, forward, bright wine with a creamy, lemon oriented finish. Drink from 2022-2026.

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Fresh, bright, sweet, yellow citrus with notes of mango and tangerine blend together to create a juicy, sweet and fresh flavor. 90 Pts

Fresh, bright, sweet, yellow citrus with notes of mango and tangerine blend together to create a juicy, sweet and fresh flavor. 90 Pts

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2018
91
Forest leaf, tobacco, cedar and smoky red fruits open the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, silky, fresh, vibrant and shows off its sweet red berries in the finish with ease.

Forest leaf, tobacco, cedar and smoky red fruits open the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, silky, fresh, vibrant and shows off its sweet red berries in the finish with ease.

1,170 Views   Tasted
Medium-bodied, fruity and showing an earthy, leafy, citrus accent, this wine is forward with a delicious, plum and tobacco finish. 90-92 Pts

Medium-bodied, fruity and showing an earthy, leafy, citrus accent, this wine is forward with a delicious, plum and tobacco finish. 90-92 Pts

1,789 Views   Tasted
2018
91
Honeysuckle, lemons, grapefruit, lemon curd, tropical fruits and green apple pie comes across perfectly in this fresh, sweet, juicy, creamy wine.

Honeysuckle, lemons, grapefruit, lemon curd, tropical fruits and green apple pie comes across perfectly in this fresh, sweet, juicy, creamy wine.

832 Views   Tasted
Bright, yellow citrus and white peach are found here from start to finish in this early drinking white Bordeaux charmer.

Bright, yellow citrus and white peach are found here from start to finish in this early drinking white Bordeaux charmer.

1,267 Views   Tasted
2017
90
Bright, fresh, energetic and packed with sweet, juicy yellow citrus, flowers, hints of white peach and honeysuckle. The crisp citrusy finish is fresh and refreshing.

Bright, fresh, energetic and packed with sweet, juicy yellow citrus, flowers, hints of white peach and honeysuckle. The crisp citrusy finish is fresh and refreshing.

1,373 Views   Tasted
2017
88
A forward, soft, fruity, early-drinking charmer with a cigar box feel and a tobacco rim, which mingles nicely with the juicy, red fruits. Drink this over the first decade of life.

A forward, soft, fruity, early-drinking charmer with a cigar box feel and a tobacco rim, which mingles nicely with the juicy, red fruits. Drink this over the first decade of life.

1,408 Views   Tasted
2016
90
A nice step-up in quality here after the barrel aging. The wine has gained weight and complexity. And all those notes of smoky red fruits, ripe, fresh, cherry and plum tones with a hint of oak in the background come through loud and clear in the elegant, medium-bodied, forward treat.

A nice step-up in quality here after the barrel aging. The wine has gained weight and complexity. And all those notes of smoky red fruits, ripe, fresh, cherry and plum tones with a hint of oak in the background come through loud and clear in the elegant, medium-bodied, forward treat.

1,992 Views   Tasted
Smoky red fruits, medium bodied and ending with an oaky, plum and black cherry splash of fruits and tobacco, with a bit of cocoa at the finish.

Smoky red fruits, medium bodied and ending with an oaky, plum and black cherry splash of fruits and tobacco, with a bit of cocoa at the finish.

1,653 Views   Tasted
2016
89
With its floral aromatics and ripe, bright, yellow citrus, the wine is forward and ready to drink.

With its floral aromatics and ripe, bright, yellow citrus, the wine is forward and ready to drink.

1,436 Views   Tasted
Crisp, bright, lemons, grapefruit and floral characteristics define this blend of 85% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc. 87-90 Pts

Crisp, bright, lemons, grapefruit and floral characteristics define this blend of 85% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc. 87-90 Pts

1,314 Views   Tasted
2015
90
Medium-bodied, soft, lighter styled wine with a smoky, fresh, ripe, cherry character. The soft refined, cherry finish is already quite nice to taste.

Medium-bodied, soft, lighter styled wine with a smoky, fresh, ripe, cherry character. The soft refined, cherry finish is already quite nice to taste.

2,210 Views   Tasted
Medium-bodied with a smoky, fresh, ripe, red berry center, this wine becomes even better with its endnote of tobacco and a bit of cocoa. 88-90 Pts

Medium-bodied with a smoky, fresh, ripe, red berry center, this wine becomes even better with its endnote of tobacco and a bit of cocoa. 88-90 Pts

1,602 Views   Tasted
2015
88
Fresh, ripe, citrus notes, with floral aromatics create an interesting, refreshing, crisp lemon and pomelo centered wine.

Fresh, ripe, citrus notes, with floral aromatics create an interesting, refreshing, crisp lemon and pomelo centered wine.

2,358 Views   Tasted
2014
88
Fresh, bright, easy going, refreshing blast of grapefruit, vanilla and lemon peel, for early drinking.

Fresh, bright, easy going, refreshing blast of grapefruit, vanilla and lemon peel, for early drinking.

2,814 Views   Tasted
2014
86
Medium bodied, forward, easy to drink and showing more complexity on the cherry, tobacco nose than on the light palate. This will be best in its youth.

Medium bodied, forward, easy to drink and showing more complexity on the cherry, tobacco nose than on the light palate. This will be best in its youth.

3,882 Views   Tasted
2013
83
I'm sure, the green apple, lemon and cats pee with a blast of lime and a lot of acidity character is going to appeal to some tasters more than it did to me.

I'm sure, the green apple, lemon and cats pee with a blast of lime and a lot of acidity character is going to appeal to some tasters more than it did to me.

2,838 Views   Tasted
2013
82
Very light in color and fruit, the wine is acidic and focused on tart, cranberry and strawberry sensations.

Very light in color and fruit, the wine is acidic and focused on tart, cranberry and strawberry sensations.

1,680 Views   Tasted
2012
84
Light in fruit, medium bodied in weight, round in texture and open, there is a distinctive oaky component that is a bit too much for the red, fruit that is trying to show itself. If the oak manages to dissipate, this will be a better wine.

Light in fruit, medium bodied in weight, round in texture and open, there is a distinctive oaky component that is a bit too much for the red, fruit that is trying to show itself. If the oak manages to dissipate, this will be a better wine.

1,848 Views   Tasted
2011
86
Read to drink, medium bodied, forward wine with soft textures, pleasant, smoky, red berries and tobacco on the nose, and in the finish. Not overly complex, but really quite charming and easy to drink.

Read to drink, medium bodied, forward wine with soft textures, pleasant, smoky, red berries and tobacco on the nose, and in the finish. Not overly complex, but really quite charming and easy to drink.

2,018 Views   Tasted
2010
88
From a blend of 85% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine offers fresh grapefruit, lemon, spice, lychee nut and mineral scents. Medium bodied and fresh, the wine ends with clean, citrus and spice flavors. The wine was aged in 20% new oak along with a combination of neutral oak and stainless steel vats and reached 14% ABV. 87-90 Pts

From a blend of 85% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine offers fresh grapefruit, lemon, spice, lychee nut and mineral scents. Medium bodied and fresh, the wine ends with clean, citrus and spice flavors. The wine was aged in 20% new oak along with a combination of neutral oak and stainless steel vats and reached 14% ABV. 87-90 Pts

2,121 Views   Tasted
2010
87
Medium bodied, with a smoky, cherry pipe tobacco, earth and espresso nose. There is a softness to the texture, and a polish to the tannins, but there is still a bit too much oak for the fruit. Perhaps that will improve with a few more years of bottle age. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot.

Medium bodied, with a smoky, cherry pipe tobacco, earth and espresso nose. There is a softness to the texture, and a polish to the tannins, but there is still a bit too much oak for the fruit. Perhaps that will improve with a few more years of bottle age. The wine was made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot.

3,562 Views   Tasted
2009
87
Smoke, oak, blackberry and spicy aromas, medium bodied and a light, soft, easy going, cherry dominated finish. The wine was aged in 50% new French oak.

Smoke, oak, blackberry and spicy aromas, medium bodied and a light, soft, easy going, cherry dominated finish. The wine was aged in 50% new French oak.

2,823 Views   Tasted
2008
87
Slightly past its prime, the wine is medium-bodied, bright, crisp, and fresh, with a leafy, smoky, herb and cigar box accent to the red berries. Drink from 2022-2026.

Slightly past its prime, the wine is medium-bodied, bright, crisp, and fresh, with a leafy, smoky, herb and cigar box accent to the red berries. Drink from 2022-2026.

2,046 Views   Tasted