Pierre de Marsan was a descendant of the Viscounts of Marsan, founders of the town of Mont-de-Marsan in the Landes department. In 1630, he married a wealthy heiress whose dowry included a large property in Lestiac. This estate began producing wine in the 17th century. The Gonfrier family purchased this property in 1962, extending its vineyards over the coming years. Château de Marsan is the companys flagship wine estate.
The Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux appellation comprises southwest-facing clayey-gravelly hillsides overlooking the Garonne River. This complete wine if powerful, racy and full of character, with remarkable aromatic complexity.
The château is named after Baron Christophe de Cayla. This familys last descendant was the learned archaeologist Pierre de Cayla, who died at the château in 1831. The vineyard has been operated since 2005 by the Gonfrier brothers, keen to restore its great potential. The 20 hectares of grapevines surrounding the château are planted on ideally-exposed slopes.
This 17th-century property is located within the district of Cénac, a small winegrowing village along the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route. Château Materre is named after one of Napoleons generals, who acquired the estate in 1797, just prior to setting off on the Egyptian expedition. In 1823, the château was purchased by the Duvert family, who oversaw the vineyard until 2005, when it was entrusted to the Gonfrier family. Today, the two families work together to preserve the property's unique identity and continue its development.
Setting a course for excellence A love of the land and of wine For over half a century , the Vignobles Gonfrier have enjoyed considerable growth, becoming a key player within the Bordeaux wine world. Having succeeded their father at the head of the family estate, Eric and Philippe Gonfrier are daily guided by their undying passion and their unremitting search for authenticity. Their vocation is to craft wines expressing the exceptional typicity and diversity of the Bordeaux terroirs.