We are delighted to have the exclusivity for Louis Mitjavile’s new venture in the Côtes de Castillon, Château Cadet. Louis, hugely talented, cut his teeth working for his father François Mitjavile, the iconic trailblazer at Tertre Rôteboeuf in Saint-Emilion and Roc de Cambes in the Côtes de Bourg. Louis Mitjavile has, most recently, forged a remarkable reputation in his own right as a consultant for many successful properties, including our own Château Carignan Prima. It was clearly only a matter of time – and access to the right site – before Louis and his wife Caroline would set up on their own. Their patience was rewarded when Château Cadet came up for sale. This is a fabulous property in the Côtes de Castillon, an appellation which is rising in status and popularity. Small wonder – bordering Saint-Emilion, it enjoys the same clay/limestone soil as its highly revered neighbour.
Château Cadet covers twenty hectares, with 18ha of vines in one block. Unsurprisingly, the soil is Louis’ preferred argilo-calcaire. The vine density is 6,000 vines per hectare, with an average age of twenty years; 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. This property is within the highest area of Saint Genès de Castillon, adjoining Saint-Emilion, and has enjoyed a high reputation for many years. It is, in many ways a dream property, a wonderful site which includes a very traditional, typical Arcachonesque villa.
Louis’ first vintage will be 2007, the launch of which is likely to be accompanied by a change of name. This wine is a great ambassador for both the appellation and the vintage. It prompted a unanimous thumbs-up amongst the Corney & Barrow team and we are all tremendously proud to be involved from the outset.