Château Tour du Haut-Moulin
Our wine estate has been using an environmental management system and we obtained a HVE 3 certification (High Environmental Value) in 2020.
After 5 generations of winemakers, the wine estate has been managed by the Cazaux-Poitou family since 1870 and is situated in Cussac-Fort-Médoc at the heart of Haut-Médoc, between Margaux and St.Julien appellations. Lionel Poitou is the actual owner of 10 hectares with sand and gravels that benefit from the sun and the natural microclimate as the estate is located near the Gironde estuary. The average age of vines is 25 years old and it is including high-quality grape varieties: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The vines situated on rounded hilltops with gravels, adjoining the famous Fort Médoc. The average production of the vineyard is 60 000 bottles per year. The wines are aging in French oak barrels between 12 and 15 months including 30% of new oak every year.
Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc
The wines of the Château Tour du Haut-Moulin are colorful, fleshy, structured, very tannic, fruity, and kind during the first years but with a keeping potential (20 to 30 years and more). Our wines are pairing perfectly with red meats, games, and cheeses. Having the characteristics of a Grand Cru, Château Tour du Haut-Moulin will taste better when it is ventilated or decanted. Finally, our wines enjoy the good reputation of being elegant with a fineness that can compete with the most renowned wines. 2 times finalist of the “Coupe des Bourgeois”, 3 times semi-finalist of the “Coupe des Bourgeois”, “Coup de Coeur” of the “Guide Hachette” for the 1988 and 1990 vintages.
The Médoc region
Between the Ocean and the Estuary
Médoc means “Middle-Country”. It is located on the 45th line of latitude, protected by a vast forest between the Atlantic Ocean on the West, and the Gironde estuary on the East.
It represents an ideal location for a temperate climate.
The Médoc region also benefits from a unique soil where the expertise of winegrowers has helped the traditional grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot) to reveal their elegance and subtility. It is also thanks to a soil with graves (blending of sand and gravels) or clay-limestone, that the region produces high-quality grapes.
The “Route des Châteaux”
The “Route des Châteaux” crossing the Médoc region is one of the most beautiful. This “isle” stretches on 80 kilometers at the North of Bordeaux from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gironde estuary. The “Route des Châteaux” includes some of the most prestigious red wines and several Châteaux with unusual architectures.
Vinification & Aging
The aging of a wine is a crucial step between the end of the alcoholic fermentation and the bottling. Depending on the maturations, main goals are:
- to purify the wine from its impurities with the racking mechanisms
- to age the wine
- to perfect its flavors
- to complete the wine structure with the addition of external tannins (1 to 3 years old barrels maximum)
- to finish the assemblies to obtain an optimal quality for the bottling
Respect for the environment, of the soil and the vines
Using biotechnologies, small yields, manual leaf removal, the vines are maintained carefully with a traditional know-how. Manual and mechanical harvesting.