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Ruby red in colour, Chateau Tassin is round and ample in the mouth, with elegant tannins. A charming wine to enjoy with roasts and poultry.
Chateau Tassin is located within the municipal district of Rions (from the Latin Riucium or “built on rock”), one of the region’s oldest medieval towns. Fortified around the 12th century, Rions has managed to preserve its old ramparts, as well as its narrow winding streets bordered by old picturesque buildings. The chateau’s vineyard stretches across both the slopes overlooking the town and the plains bordering the Garonne River. The chateau was originally located on “Tassin’s Isle” , but the extraction of gravel and sand from the riverbed (since forbidden) eventually undermined its foundations.
|In 1962, Paul Gonfrier moved with his wife to Lestiac-sur-Garonne, in Gironde, after leaving his native Algeria, bringing with him only his boundless energy and his love of working the land. He bought the Chateau de Marsan, in ruins at the time, but surrounded by promising terroirs. He began the adventure with three hectares of grapes. He then developed the property’s arboricultural activity, with the help of the entire family. His three sons became actively involved in the estate and in local life. Pierre, the eldest, was elected mayor of the local municipality, Philippe became involved from a very early age in running the property, and Eric carried out his first vinification in 1985 at the age of 23 and founded the company with Philippe - all while continuing to work alongside their father. At the time, the Chateau de Marsan comprised 30 hectares of vineyard and 50 hectares of apple orchard. Starting in 1986, Eric and Philippe set themselves the goal of planting 15 additional hectares of grapevines each year during 5 years. They continued to collaborate with their father, while seeing to the growth of their own activity. From the start, their objective has been excellence: each variety of grape is carefully selected so as to best express each plot’s special characteristics. The specific vinification techniques employed, out among the vines and in the cellar, always seek to allow the terroir to express its finest qualities. The recognition of the exceptional quality of the wines crafted by Eric and Philippe Gonfrier allowed the brothers to invest in the purchase of additional vineyards to further refine their blends. In 1998, Paul Gonfrier retired, whereupon Eric and Philippe grouped together all of their activities to form a single entity: ”Vignobles Gonfrier”. Today, while the Vignobles Gonfrier vinify over 900 hectares thanks to their state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, the estate still goes out of its way to favour top-quality wines. Especially sensitive to and respectful of the concept of terroir, the two brothers consider that wine-making techniques serve first and foremost to ensure the wine’s quality and the clients’ satisfaction. In 2014, Paul Gonfrier passed away. He left his indelible mark on the company, passing the baton to the third generation. Thibault, Philippe’s son, has joined the company and expends great effort taking care of the well-maintained vineyards, in an environmentally respectful manner dear to the company. Audrey, his sister, is currently working in the wine trade. Éric’s three children, Caroline, Guillaume and Paul, are pursuing their engineering studies with the aim of in turn joining the family company and contributing their new knowledge and skills. The Chateau de Marsan remains the company’s headquarters.|
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