Chateau de Hartes is part of the Toutigeac estate and their wines have been awarded more than 50 medals since 1973 by the ‘Concours Général Agricole de Paris’, ‘Concours des Vins de Bordeaux’, ‘Challenge International du Vin’ and many more. De Hartes was purchased in 1972 by Philippe Mazeau and is now run by dynamic young wine maker Oriane Mazeau. Oriane is a 5th generation wine maker and her great great Grandfather was Charles Mallet, one time owner of 2nd Growth Chateau Lascombes in Margaux. Oriane’s uncles all own chateaux in the Toutigeac estate including Chateaux de Costis, Bel-Orme Martial, Rougi, Vieil Orme and de Boissac.
De Hartes was once a fortified property and records go back there to 1385. The chateau takes its name from the Gascon word ‘hart’ which means that you are ‘fully fed’ – Oriane’s household is one where you eat well and plenty! Toutigeac itself was once a tiny hamlet and the remains of an ancient ruined Romanesque church lie within its boundaries. The site of Toutigeac is very old and relics from the 12th Century have been found there. It is thought to have been founded by the monks of Saint Gerard who lived at the great Abbey La Sauve Majeure nearby.
Not only does Oriane respect her family’s wine making traditions but she also respects the land and wildlife of the domaine – maintaining a natural habitat that has been unbroken for 40 years. Birds of prey, herons and ospreys soar over the domaine and wild boar, deer and hare can be found amongst the vines. If you visit at the right time of year you’ll also see stocks resting on the chateau’s roof.
Well balanced and smooth, Chateau de Hartes lives up to its Gascon name and its wines are great with food – especially full flavoured, hearty dishes. It will compliment roast beef, sirloin steak, rich casseroles, game pie and venison, wild duck and well hung pheasant, and strong cheeses.