About


Château Bastoney is an expression of French excellence in winemaking, promoted by the Nordic notion of sustainability.

Nestled amongst the distinctly Bordeaux region landscape and with an 800-metre waterfront onto the banks of the River Dordogne, Château Bastoney is just a few minutes’ drive from St. Emilion and adjacent to the Grand Crus area of both the Fronsac and Pomerol appellations. Our areas produce some of the most famous wines in France and are recognised by the wine industry worldwide as being of exceptional quality and character.

Château Bastoney is a traditional family Château focusing with love and care on the ecologically friendly production of fine wines.

Our wonderful terroir and local habitat lie exclusively within a local nature reserve, which is daily frequented by wild boar, deer, fox, badger, and numerous other wild animals. They enjoy the tranquillity offered by our natural environment.

CSR


Château Bastoney has incorporated social responsibility (CSR) a self-regulating principle in order to be socially accountable — to ourselves, our partners and clients.

CSR is one of Château Bastoney’s core values.

We recognize that “sustainability” is at the centre of our

management policy and practice as we strive for actions that have positive impacts on all aspects of society including economic, social and environmental.

We comply to French rules and regulations including health, salary, and insurance benefits for our employees (i.e., MSA).

Key people involved in the vineyard and winemaking


Wines

Château Bastoney, Rouge 2016

Terroir: Silt, clay, and limestone

Grape variety: 100% Merlot

Average age of vines: 20- 45 years

Yields: ~50 hl/ha

Harvest: Mechanic and Manual

Vinification: Maceration 18-24 days. Fermentation
continues under strict temperature monitoring, with only
a few selected strains of yeast to avoid languid
fermentation.

Cellaring: 19 months in concrete underground vats +
and bottled an additional 3 months.

Tasting Notes: Since the 14th century, CB has produced exquisite wine, easily distinguishable by its full flavour and generosity.

Its fresh fruity character is powerful and has a superb aromatic presence.

Best served between 14℃ and 17℃ for meat and cheese, or pure pleasure.

Recommended to decanter before consumption.

In Norway: Oslo Wine Agency, Vinmonopolets bestillingsnr: 11257001

2018 CHAPELLE BLANCHE

de BASTONEY

Grape variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Average age of vine: 20-60 years

Harvest: Mechanic and Manual. Grapes are picked in early September to retain their fresh fruit aromas, which give its complexity.

Vinification: Skin maceration 18h before alcoholic fermentation. Fermentation at low temperature.

Tasting Notes: A very pale yellow wine with green hues, intense nose, with floral and citrus notes. Balanced on the palate, it ends with aromas of exotic fruits.

Food pairings: Chapelle Blanche to be served as a cool appetizer, or excellent with seafood and salads.

Best served between 6℃ and 8℃.

In Norway: Oslo Wine Agency, Vinmonopolets bestillingsnr: 10835501

CHAPELLE ROUGE de BASTONEY, 2016 and forthcoming 2018

Bordeaux Supérieur

Grape variety: 100% Merlot

Vinification: Traditional vinification in cement tanks for a longer period than usual.

Average age of vine: 20-60 years

Harvest: Mechanic and Manual. Grapes are picked in late September/sometimes early October to acquire the deep aromas, which give its complexity and colour.

Tasting Notes:  The taste of fresh fruits and soft palate together with the structure gives Chapelle Rouge the character of an exquisite wine.

Food pairings: Chapelle Rouge will be a good accompaniment to deli dishes, roast or braised meat, and cheeses.

Serve between: 16 ° and 18 °

Conservation: 2016 could be conserved for years, but ready is for consumption.

CRÉMANT DE BORDEAUX, BASTONEY BRUT

Terroir: Silt, clay and limestone.

Grape variety: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Semillon

Average age of vines: 20-50 years

Yields: 50hl/ha

Harvest: Manually, transportation between the vine
and the press is only done in grape box

Appellation: AOC BORDEAUX CRÉMANT

Vinification: ‘Méthode Traditionnelle’: Different
development stages following the Traditional method:
Pressing, first fermentation, second fermentation in the
bottle, maturing, riddling, disgorging and titration.

During at least 15 months, bottles are stored
horizontally on the lees. The maturing can last 24
months depending on the desired product. Throughout
the ageing period, the wine acquires organoleptic
characteristics by the disappearance and the uprising
of aromas.

The labelling and capsuling: At the end of the previously defined operations, bottles are labelled and after two years of care and attention –
we are able to appreciate Crémant Bastoney.

Tasting Notes: This wine is subtly sparkling and
shows an elegant robe. Aromas are fruity; palate is
round and deliciously scented.

In Norway: Oslo Wine Agency, Vinmonopolets bestillingsnr. 10835401

BORDEAUX CLARIET

Terroir: Silt, clay, sand, and limestone

Grape variety: 100 % Merlot

Average age of vines: 20 – 60 years

Harvest: Mechanic & Manual

Vinification: Skin contact maceration in 48 hours to enhance pink color extraction – with no fermentation. Cold must settling and direct pressing comes before vinification in concrete vats at controlled temperature (18℃)

Cellaring: 4 months in concrete vats

Tasting Notes: An open nose, and very fruity. The mouth is fresh, easy to drink and fruity. The bouquet opens up with notes of strawberry and the touch of tannin balances the freshness.

Paring food and wine: Bastoney Clariet may be enjoyed with an appetizer, mixed salads, fish, spicy meals or smoked meats. Its richness also goes perfectly with dessert; fruits, strawberry and cakes. It has distinct genres signs of being a light and young wine, and is ready to drink.

Not meant to be stored for more than about 1 ½ -2 years.

Environmental Certification (HVE)


Today, we practice an adopted biological cultivation with the minimum use of any chemicals, and as an example, weeds are removed manually and mechanically.

Château Bastoney is certified as HVE; Haute Valeur Environnementale (sustainable ecological environment) and we are committed to continue protecting local ecosystems and provide multi-generational sustainability.

History


In 1154, Aquitaine came under English rule until 1453, and Bordeaux wines were adopted by the court of Richard the Lion Heart, King of England in the XII century.

Château Bastoney and its port ´Port Brau´ were built on the bank of the river Dordogne, which at the time was the vital trade route via Bordeaux to the rest of France, England and beyond, with  merchants coming from all over the world to trade for famous wine.

The origins of Château Bastoney goes back to the XIV century; its name deriving from a prominent Commandier named Batonier who acquired the estate and gave the Château a variation of his name, what we today know as Château Bastoney. The direct translation can be understood as an abundance of grapes – as Château Bastoney was renowned for its terroir to deliver high quality grapes even during demanding vintages.

The succeeding owner of Château Bastoney was the Baron Labat de Savignac, who in the 17th century bought Château Bastoney as part of a larger property acquisition in the Libournaise region.

The Baron of Savignac was a Member of Parliament in Bordeaux at the time, married to the Baroness Marie Marguerite de Fenelon sister of François de Salignac de La Mothe-Fénelon, the appointed teacher and archbishop by King Louis XIV. Together they built the chapel of Bastoney, located in the middle of the vineyard, which was built along with the main house and wine production facilities in 1752 – although, there are reasons to believe that parts of the production hall, ‘Chais’ and the chapel dates from 1612.

Following the French revolution in 1789, the estate came into the ownership of a Parisian noble family. According to historic evidence is was around that period that Château Bastoney obtained its first Gold medal at the late 18th century, the beginning of achieving recognition of not only its terroir, but also the skills and devotion of the winemakers.

Through the first part of the 19th century, Château Bastoney belonged to a Monsieur Boiteau, married to Lady DuPlessis who were most active exporting and promoting their wines, winning a Silver medal in Exposition International, Class A in Lyon in 1914.

Around the time of the Second World War Bastoney was acquired by Monsieur Dard who left the estate for his daughter Denise Caseneuve. As the latter had no successors, the next heir in line was her nephew Monsieur André Bertrand, a “Libournaise vigneron” who during the last 40 years along with his daughter Madame Marie Paule Bertrand (Cousin) instigated reconstruction of the terroir to establish the present day vineyard.

In 2016 the Trondalen family purchased the property – who after working internationally for several years, begun a new chapter in Bastoney´s history.

“With our earlier base by Lake Geneva – with the not-for-profit Compass Foundation – living in a French village surrounded by several vineyards, our interest in water and environmental issues strengthened our passion for viticulture. With support from our children we pursued our vision – to preserve the terroir for the next generation. That is to transfer experience to produce the good wine that Bastoney winery has done since before the Napoleonic wars.”
– Bente & Dr. JM Trondalen (owners & guardians)

The restoration of the Maison de Maître and the chapel were completed in 2018.

Farming Practices


Terroir

The appellation is formed by fluvial sediments from the surrounding plateaus situated east and west of Libourne, in the conflux of the Isle and Dordogne rivers. Château Bastoney has unique terroir features alluvia derived from very fine sands, silts and clays enabling deep penetration of roots and good retention for water.

Water

Like most of the prestigious estates in the area, Bastoney's varied silt texture, which is alluvial sediments, is unique because of good drainage; but also preserving water in dry times, a combined gift of nature, which is essential in understanding Bastoney’s history of wine.

Vine

Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grown at Château Bastoney and the yields are carefully managed for a long term optimization of the vines. The wines are round, powerful and very colourful, typical of the terroir and refined over centuries.

Terroir and the environment


The terroir is formed by fluvial sediments from the surrounding plateaus situated east and west of Libourne, in the conflux of the Isle and Dordogne rivers. Château Bastoney has unique terroir features alluvia derived from very fine sands, silts and clays enabling deep penetration of roots and good retention for water.

Bastoney’s varied silt texture is unique because of good drainage; a combined gift of nature, which is essential in understanding Bastoney’s history of wine.

Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grown at Château Bastoney and the yields are carefully managed for a long term optimisation of the vines. The wines are round, vigorous and colourful, typical of the terroir and refined over centuries.

We continue to practice an adopted ecological cultivation with minimum use of chemicals and weed/leaves are removed manually and mechanically. An illustration of the ‘healthy’ physical environment is the many wild animals (wild boars, deers, foxes, hares, beavers etc.) residing at Château Bastoney.

The work in the vineyards consists of several stages of manual and mechanical work throughout the year. Pruning in winter is a challenging process that requires precision, experience, knowledge and agility.

Many stages of hard work are required before we can tie up the branches of the wines in the late spring / beginning of summer.

The door to exceptional wine

At Bastoney we lovely tend, harvest and serve only the finest Bordeaux wine – a tradition that stretches back across the centuries. Our aim is to create pleasure for people to take time and find a place to enjoy good wine together or sometimes just being silent and contemplate.

In serene tranquillity our Château is where you will find an expression of love by the caretaker whose footprints show their care for the vines. This is the door to excellent wine.

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