Our château is located in the commune of Mazion, a few kilometres north-east of Blaye, in the heart of the Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux appellation.
We benefit from several generations of winemaking experience at the estate. Here is an outline of its history:
- 1933: The story begins with our grandparents in Mazion. They had 2 hectares of vines around the village church.
- 1945: Due to circumstances during the Second World War, our grandmother was obliged to look after the vines on her own.
- 1965: Our parents took over the estate, which they considerably expanded, attaining a total of 15 hectares of vines. They were also successful in selling their wines in France and Belgium.
- 1978: the vineyard grew still further with the purchase of a 4-hectare plot called La Magdeleine.
- 1973: The Bordeaux trade underwent a crisis and wine was difficult to sell everywhere. This motivated our parents to be among the first to bottle their wine at the estate. They sold part of production on the IIe d’Oléron.
- 1992: We took over the estate, by which time it had reached 18 hectares under vine. The vineyard was thereafter restructured and enlarged, and the cellars modernised.
- In 1989, to celebrate her 30th birthday, Marie-Pierre had the inspired idea to buy three oak barrels and to age some of that year's wine in them. This turned out to be a huge success, earning 2 stars in in the Guide Hachette, and then 3 stars for the 1990 vintage. This experience eventually led to the building of our barrel cellar!
- In 1993, we made a cuvée called Prestige d’Oz from a plot of the same name with very old Cabernet vines planted by our grandparents after the Second World War.
- In 1995, we built a cellar for storage and packaging.
- The first Château Clos Mansio was made in 1996 when we acquired an estate near the church in Mazion.
- In 2001, we destroyed the existing fermentation cellar and built a new one.
- Our children were born in 2001 and 2004 - a new generation in Mazion!
- We purchased Château Perrin in 2008 and built an extension, as well as constructed a new cellar and tasting room.
- Our Grande Réserve, the jewel in the crown of Château Cailleteau Bergeron, was first produced in 2010!
- In 2013, we fulfilled an old dream by making a cuvée without sulphites. The was also the year that we signed the Terra Vitis charter.
We are planning on building a new storage facility. At the present time, we export some 70% of our wines to North America, Europe, and Asia).
Today, the Dartier family and Château Cailleteau Bergeron are known in thirty countries around the world.