The great abbeys of the Middle Ages combined spiritual radiance and temporal power. The Grandselve (‘the great forest’) abbey in Gascony and at the heart of today’s Saint-Sardos vineyard, was a notable example.
The monks cultivated their vineyard during the twelfth century, and as soon as Richard the Lionheart, king of England, authorized the free movement of wines to the Gironde region, hundreds of barrels of wine descended the Garonne river on barges to cellars held by the abbey in Bordeaux. Over the centuries the wine from Saint-Sardos became highly reputed throughout France and well beyond.
Despite their history’s ups and down, the winemakers of Saint-Sardos have steadfastly maintained their vineyard and their ancestral know-how. Today they work together as a family of winegrowers, ensuring a secular heritage for generations to come
Wines that were born in the right place
North of Toulouse, on the banks of the Garonne river in Gascony, the Saint-Sardos vineyard is naturally conducive to producing fine wine.
On a varied and rolling terrain, parcels are selected for their good exposure and gravelly soil.
This soil produces structured, balanced, aromatic, quality wines that hold well.
The vineyard also benefits from a temperate climate that is influenced by both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, as well as the ‘vent d’autan’ winds that help the grapes to ripen.