Château d'Arche

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The Château d'Arche vineyard expands over the hillsides surrounding the Sauternes village. This unique location close to the Ciron river, allows the vines to benefit from a particularly favorable micro-climate. In Autum, thick morning mists cover the Sauternes valley and are then dispersed by the afternoon sun.

Covering over 40 hectares, the Château d'Arche vineyard is planted on a variety of soils composed of 70% gravel, 20% clay and 10 % limestone. Each soil type expresses itself differently contributing to the harmonious balance of Château d'Arche wines. The gravel soil provides structure and strength while the clay-limestone soils help develop delicate aromas. The North-South plantation axis of the vineyard ensures the grapes a maximum amount of sunshine throughout the day.

A lesser-known, but equally important, fact about the renowned 1855 Classification of Bordeaux is that Sauternes and Barsac were included. Twenty-six producers were named in the Grand Cru Classé “promotion.” Château d’Yquem earned its own Premier Cru Supérieur category, 11 other châteaux were ranked as Premier Crus, and 14 more as Deuxièmes Cru. Château d’Arche lies in the latter, and their prestige is well-deserved. Founded by Henry d’Arche in 1580 and later acquired by the Counts of Arche in 1733, these wines were treasured and considered among the best in the region long before the 1855 Classification was in existence! Today, the estate has grown to 27 hectares and the historic charm still thrives with a 17th-century manor serving as the main attraction.

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