Château Haut-Bacalan, Bordeaux

Contemporary Wines from a Prestigious Terroir

In the heart of Pessac on the outskirts of Bordeaux, lies Château Haut-Bacalan. The Château Haut-Bacalan once belonged to the Baron de Montesquieu and it was here that this eminent philosopher planted his vines in 1726. The acclaimed philosopher of Enlightenment was the first person to establish a domain here, before selling it to M de Bacalan, a solicitor from Bordeaux, closely connected to the kings of Navarre, who gave his name to this estate.

Turning their sights away from the Gonet family stronghold and roots in Champagne, lured by the charm of this magnificent Pessac-Léognan terroir, Corinne and Charles-Henri Gonet, along with their three children, decided in 1996 to settle at this estate that stands in close proximity to such legendary domains as Châteaux Haut Brion and Pape Clément. Château Haut-Bacalan produce modern wines with contemporary style that draws all its strength from a prestigious terroir that still has a wealth of resources to reveal…

This historical legacy is as exceptional as the terroir itself, a result of the abundance of La Mission Haut-Brion’s gravel hillcrest. To encourage the finest expression of this terroir, Charles-Henri Gonet concentrates his efforts upon vine work. In the vineyard, planted with the maximum of 10 000 vines per hectare, work is carried out manually. The seven hectares of vines are planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The wines of Château Haut-Bacalan are typified by the fruity, elegant round aromas that Corinne and Charles-Henri Gonet love with complex flavours, presenting a subtle mixture of black ripe fruits, spices and vanilla, velvet tannins, full body, balanced structure ending in a long nice finish. 70% of the annual production of 30 000 bottles is exported worldwide.

Charles-Henri in collaboration with his brother Frédéric, also runs two other estates in the Bordeaux winegrowing area (Château Lesparre and Château D’Eck – also imported and distributed in Sweden by Reconnaissance Wine).


  • Producer: Michel Gonet
  • Winemaker: Charles-Henri Gonet
  • Owner: Frédéric and Charles-Henri Gonet
  • Area: Pessac-Léognan
  • Established: 1996
  • Number hectare: 7
  • Annual production: 30.000 bottles
  • ECO/BIO: No
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