Hidden behind a row of 100-year-old oaks, Château Suau is owned by Monique Bonnet since 1986. She lends her impeccable style and elegance to this Bordeaux estate that represents a great value in today's French wine market.
Important changes have been implemented at Château Suau since 2008 :
1/ A change in the AOC. From the 2008 vintage on, Château Suau's « Premières Côtes de Bordeaux » will now be known as « Côtes de Bordeaux and « Côtes de Bordeaux -Cadillac ».
There will no longer be « Premières Côtes de Bordeaux »
Château Suau will use the appellation "Cadillac" on its labels due to its area of production. This "village" appellation lends itself to its enduring notoriety and the image that it represents. As with its namesake, the luxury Cadillac, this wine is the "Cadillac" of wines!
As a result of these changes, all the labels and packaging have been redesigned to reflect the new appellations. These labels will be a reflection of the strong and symbolic identity with Cadillac. This AOC is made with a rigorous set of specifications, which allow it to be named after the village of Cadillac.
Château Suau Tradition "Premières Côtes de Bordeaux" becomes Château SUAU Côtes de Bordeaux
Château Suau Prestige "Premières Côtes de Bordeaux" becomes Château SUAU Côtes de Bordeaux - Cadillac
2/ Since 2008, Chateau Suau has been converting its vineyard to organic agriculture techniques. Certified by Ecocert, sensitive to environmental problems and consumer-concerns, this healthy, progressive and sensitive conversion will be completed in the year 2012. This action also stays true to Chateau Suau's history for exceptional quality as it was once the home of Joseph Guenant, Vice President of the Agricultural Society.
Chateau Suau is one of the first vineyards of Bordeaux to start its ISO 14 001 certification. This process begins by implementing an EMS, Environnemental Management System (SME in French) of the wines of Bordeaux, intiated by our CIVB. The EMS aims to reduce the impact of wine production on the environment while improving overall productivity.
This environmental management tool integrates both energy consumption, the sorting and recycling of waste, methods of pest control, cropping patterns, health and safety of employees, residents and consumers.....We feel that these changes complement perfectly with our approach to an organic farming culture.
Château Suau was once the hunting lodge of the Duc d'Epernon. It was restored in the 16th century and in 1687, during the reign of Louis XVI, the château was owned by the Suau family of Capian. Monique Bonnet purchased the Château in 1986.
Tom Kenney, her husband also works at the Chateau.
The vineyard is situated in the Cotes de Bordeaux-Cadillac appellations, and encompasses 65 hectares (160.55 acres) of red grapes: 10% Cabernet Franc, 55% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon; and 7 hectares (17.3 acres) of white grapes: 50% Sémillon, 30% Sauvignon, and 20% Muscadelle. The vines, planted in gravel and clay "terroir", benefit from favorable south-south east facing slopes and plateaus.
The vineyard is farmed with the culture raisonnée method, in conversion to an organic farming. The soil has a gravel and clay base. The red wines are aged in a combination of French oak barrels. No oak is used for the dry white wine produced.