Léon Verhaeghe from Morsleede in Flanders, left his native country in the early 20th century to settle in south-western France. His son Charles together with his wife Marie-Thérèse started a farm with mixed cultures in 1958 planting some vines on vineyard land devastated by the frosts in 1956. They have added one more hectare of vineyards in three different plots every year. The estate is now run by Charles’ sons Pascal and Jean-Marc who duly studied winemaking in Burgundy & California, and Bordeaux respectively.
The vines of Château du Cèdre root in two different types of soil: the terroirs, composed of stony clay and limestone, produce straight forward wines with fine tannins, where as the more powerful and dense wines come from soils composed of clay, sand and rich in pebbles. The vineyards do not use herbicides, no spraying against rot, manual work in the vineyard including green harvest (reducing to 4-5 bunches per vine) and have organic compost.
On the nose, there are bright fragrances of black fruits and spices as well as mint and green pepper. On the palate the tannins are light, giving freshness and it has a bold, blackberry-flavour character.