Hidden behind a row of 100-year-old oaks, Château Suau represents a great value in today's French wine market. Château Suau is a beautiful 82-acre property, located south of the village of Capian, 35 km from Bordeaux. The 163 acres of vineyards, in one piece, surround farm buildings. The vineyard produces red wines in the Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux and Côtes de Bordeaux appellations, dry white Bordeaux and rosé, along with a sweet Cadillac. From a geographical point of view, it is located on the highest point of the Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, an altitude of 100 meters.
In 2008, Château Suau began its conversion to organic farming. Since the 2014 vintage, all products are certified Ecocert and wines are produced under the direction of Michel Rolland.
1/ A change in the AOC. Since the 2008 vintage on, Château Suau's « Premières Côtes de Bordeaux » has been known as « Côtes de Bordeaux and « Côtes de Bordeaux -Cadillac ».
There will no longer be « Premières Côtes de Bordeaux »
Château Suau uses the "Cadillac" appellation 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 are 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’s history has deeply rooted tradition and culture in its ownership. The Chateau began its life as the hunting lodge of Jean-Louis de Nogaret de La Valette, Duke d’Épernon, one of the most powerful new magnates in French politics. This noble house experienced a complete restoration throughout the 17th century when the estate belonged to the Suau family (the Château continues to bear their name today) still cited in 1687 under Louis the 14th. The estate belonged to Clement Gopp of Bordeaux, a wine merchant who was described as Lord of Suau in 1750.
In the 20th century Chateau Suau experienced several ownerships before being purchased by Monique Bonnet in 1986.
The incorporation of Bacchus investments as Chateau Suau's shareholder is a new journey for this winery that has Mr Alejandro P. Bulgheroni, an important worldwide businessman, as President and CEO. Chateau Suau now belongs to a group of family vineyards from Argentina, Uruguay, California and Tuscany.
Monique Bonnet and her usband Tom Kenney currently manage the estate.
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.