Chateau d'Arche has 9 hectares of old vines, a beautiful country house and typical Medoc-style cellars. Bordering great growth vineyards, the chateau is located across from the church in the town of Ludon, at the end of a tree-lined road. Classified a Cru Bourgeois in 1932, Chateau d'Arche has been managed and sold in exclusivity by Mahler-Besse since 1994. The estate has become one of their flagship wines. Having decided to maintain and further improve the quality initiated by their predecessors, Mahler-Besse entrusted winemaking to the cellarmaster at Chateau Bire, who was trained by the former cellarmaster of Chateau Palmer.
Good sun exposure produces rich, ripe Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes. Maintaining tradition and in deference to the soil, weedkillers are not used on the vines. Instead, the soil is ploughed and cultivated. Domaine Chateau D'ARCHE District Ludon-Medoc. Appellation Haut-Medoc Area under vine 9 hectares. Vine density 9000 vines per hectare. Grape varieties 40% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Carmenere. Average age of vines 35 years. Soil type Gravelly. Ageing Aged in French oak barrels (35% new each year) for 12 months. Culture/soins de la vigne Soil is cultivated without weedkillers. Double Guyot pruning with 4 bunches of grapes per vine. Vinification Traditional, with concentration increased by bleeding and maceration for 3 weeks.