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A brief history

French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote 'The stars are set alight so that one day each one of us may find his own'. This is very true for winemakers, who carry on their vision with passion, despite the odds and through vintages. Our wine estate, DOMAINE BONABAUD, is the result of big dreams too. It first started when a young man named Emile Bertaud, born in Bordeaux in 1882, decided to settle his winery, CHÂTEAU GAUTHIER, in 1919... just months after the first World War. Still, under his helm, the domain grew steadily to become a "1st growth of Bordeaux", as attested by the influent Charles Cock & Feret Guide in 1946.

Fast forward to 2017, after years living in Chile, Australia, Singapore and Switzerland, and ripe for a new personal challenge, my path crossed that of Château Gauthier, still this venerable vineyard graced with an amazing terroir. Something about the place felt very special: maybe it was the pristine seclusion, the teeming biodiversity, the gently rolling slopes, the cooling sea breeze, the warm light, the rich history... probably all this at once. More importantly, I instantly felt this place would be the ideal setting for the wines I wanted to farm: honest yet elegant, clean yet racy, approachable yet original. Soon after, I took over Château Gauthier and formed Domaine Bonabaud, which brings together the vineyard with its natural environment of river, forest, and pasture.

Since these new beginnings, Domaine Bonabaud has adopted integrated ecological farming and winemaking practices, introduced innovative techniques to mitigate the effects of climate change, planted new grape varietals, and affirmed the commercial livelihood of the estate while developing new distribution channels.

Lastly, since the passing of my father Michel, I have been managing the Domain with my mother, Chantal, whose energy inspires our team every day.
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Established in 1919

Château Gauthier
France, Gironde


Château Gauthier Wines

Featured Wines

Château Gauthier Nézereau “Rives de Gauthier” Bottle Preview
Château GauthierNézereau “Rives de Gauthier”

Château Nézereau, or « Nézereau », is our 2nd estate-grown wine, named after the river that has defined its warm terroir of light sand and gravel soil. With minimal intervention in the field and the cellar, Nézereau represents the new generation of Bordeaux wines: aromatic, fruity and approachable. Ideal now, but can keep longer.

Château Gauthier Château Gauthier “Les Prés de Gauthier” Bottle Preview
Château GauthierChâteau Gauthier “Les Prés de Gauthier”

"Les Prés de Gauthier" reveals a ruby color with purple reflections. The nose is frank on black fruits, notably cherry and blueberry. The mouth is fresh, fruity, the tannins are ample and the finish persistent.

Château Gauthier Château Gauthier "Les Bois de Gauthier" Bottle Preview
Château GauthierChâteau Gauthier "Les Bois de Gauthier"

Our 1st estate grown wine, Château Gauthier, was established in 1919 in Civrac-de-Blaye, north of Bordeaux. Settled on a hilly terroir of light sandy soil, it was classified as a ‘1st growth’ Bordeaux in 1946 by Féret. Our family heritage wine is a subtle and elegantly balanced Merlot and Cabernets blend, aged for a minimum of 12 months in old French oak barrels. A classic yet non-stereotypical Bordeaux red.