Château Odilon

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)

Previously named Château Peyre-Lebade due to its geographical location – and where the first traces of viticulture date back to the 12th century and the Cistercian monks of the Vertheuil  monastry – this estate has been renamed Château Odilon, in honor of the painter Odilon Redon who spent his childhood and most of his active life on the property. Many of his most famous paintings were inspired by the bucolic landscapes of the Médoc, dotted with moors and marshlands.

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HISTORY

In 1979 this property was acquired by Baron Edmond de Rothschild who already owned the neighboring estates: Châteaux Clarke and Malmaison. It marked the beginning of a new era, starting  with the complete restructuration of the vineyard and restoration of the buildings.

Previously named Château Peyre-Lebade due to its geographical location – and where the first traces of viticulture date back to the 12th century and the Cistercian monks of the Vertheuil  monastry – this estate has been renamed Château Odilon, in honor of the painter Odilon Redon who spent his childhood and most of his active life on the property. Many of his most famous paintings were inspired by the bucolic landscapes of the Médoc, dotted with moors and marshlands.

 

TERROIR

Château Odilon vineyard covers 55 hectares of limestone and claylimestone soils. It is planted with a majority of merlot, which is quite unique in the Médoc. The vineyard is looked after by the same team as Château Clarke and Malmaison. Cultivation methods remain traditional with grass cover between the rows. Leaf-thinning and green harvesting are carried out throughout the vineyard in order to achieve optimal levels of ripeness and concentration in the grapes. The average age of the vines is 30 years.

 

PEOPLE

Château Odilon is now part of the estates led by Benjamin de Rothschild, the son of Baron Edmond. Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has been taking care of the distribution since 1993. The vineyard is looked after by the same team as Château Clarke and Malmaison.