Château Laniote has been in Arnaud de la Filolie’s family for almost two centuries. The property was created in 1816 by a Saint-Emilion wine merchant named Pierre Lacoste, who purchased a cellar and some neighboring vines, then gradually enlarged the estate through 1844.
The property was then transmitted in a direct line from mother to daughter for eight generations. The owner’s name thus changed with each inheritance: Lacoste, Rouja, Freymond, Schneider, La Filolie.
In the heart of Saint-Emilion is the 13th-century chapel that adorns the Château Laniote label, which still belongs to the family’s descendants: the Hermitage where Saint-Emilion lived (in the photo: his seat, his bed, and the fountain of miracles) as well as part of the Catacombs. Thus, we can claim to be the guardians of the cradle of Saint-Emilion.
These sites are inscribed on the list of French Historic Monuments.
5 km north-west of Saint-Emilion, from 54 to 80 meters in altitude.
Clay-limestone soil on a subsoil that is part Fronsadais mollasse, part starfish limestone. At the summit of the rise there is even a little “buttonhole”: a visible outcrop of the Saint-Emilion limestone plateau.
80 % Merlot, 15 % Cabernet-Franc, 5% Cabernet-Sauvignon.
Average age of vines: 35 years.
Traditional vine growing methods, limited treatments, grassing-down, green-harvesting when necessary, double leaf-thinning (on the north and west in early July, on the south and east in late August), harvesting by hand, sorting in the vineyard and at the cellar, full destemming.
Alcoholic fermentation in thermoregulated concrete vats, long vatting under careful temperature control, moderate vertical pressing. Malolactic fermentation in part using new oak barrels.
Consultant: Jean-Philippe Fort of the Michel Rolland Laboratories in Pomerol.
12 to 16 months in oak barrels, of which 40–50% are new depending on the vintage. Racking every four months.
ANNUAL PRODUCTION : 26,000 to 32,000 bottles per year.
Located steps away from the mediaeval city of Saint-Emilion, Château Laniote is open year-round by appointment. We offer a winemaking tour of the vat house, bottle storehouse, barrel cellar, and a short film on how the wine is made with live commentary by the owner; the visit concludes with a tasting.
The experience is punctuated by several flights of magical fancy that will appeal to more than just the youngest visitors…
We also welcome groups for introductory tasting classes in the château’s tasting room. On request, we can organize menu-tastings: winemaker buffets or catered meals. Please contact us by telephone for further details.
Château Laniote | Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé | Mentions