The history of this property sounds very much like the 16th Century stories of the holding of power by joining forces through marriage. Obviously, those entanglements were much more perilous than the joining of two properties through marriage in Bordeaux.
Des Matards began with the marriage of Annick Maillet and Jean-Pierre Terrigeol in 1964, who each had vineyards on adjoining properties. Their son, Christophe, had an intense interest in the chateaux and upon completing his studies, came back to the family property eventually becoming winemaker.
He married Marie-Claude Gabriel in 1992 and continued the lineage as well as the heritage of the property. It is now their son, Quentin, who is intently engaged in the process of the chateau with his father along with his brother, Nathan. It's a family affair for sure.
Des Matards is on the right bank of Bordeaux, which basically means it is Merlot driven. That is the case here. Our selection is 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malbec. The Cabernet is a higher percentage in the blend than usual, accounting for the larger structure and presence.
The 2015 vintage was one of the finest in recent memory. The wines had incredible structure, but still retain the ample levels of fruit and spice. Ours is a stunning example. The dark color signals the brooding aroma of intense black fruit, cassis and earth tones.
All that promise is delivered on the palate and continues on to a grand finish. It must be paired with substantial foods like venison tenderloin with pomegranate seeds and currants.