A cursed terroir, ideal for the vines
Of medieval origin, the Château La Salagre inherited its name from a tumultuous tale involving a suzerain and his vassal. According to legend, during the English wars, Lord Montcuq was betrayed by one of his vassals. As a means of retaliation, the sovereign ordered that the vassal’s land be covered in salt and his manor destroyed. The salt has now vanished, perhaps into the Salègre stream which flows through the vineyard, yet the name La Salagre (from Latin, saltunager) remains. Today, this anecdotal story is the symbol of this terroir’s strength. The disappearance of the salt from the land has allowed the emergence of Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon and Semillon varieties, and the complex assemblages they create.
A successful conversion to organic winegrowing since 1999
If La Salagre was one of the pioneers of organic winegrowing in Bergerac, it was more importantly Bordeaux Vineam’s first château to embark on the adventure. With no less than 20 medals in 16 years, this organic switch was so successful that it naturally led to that of the château Bourdicotte and Grand Ferrand in 2010, followed by Moulin à Vent, Grillon and Rocher Bellevue in 2015 – giving birth to one of the main organic producers of the region.
A well-established team for the past 25 years
Eric and Philip would have been overseeing La Salagre for over a quarter of a century. They have witnessed the great frosts of 1991 and 2013, and the organic conversion of the chateaux. Eric and Philip are aware of the evolution that the world of wine has undergone over the past 26 years, but the quality of the wines they produce remains unchanged.