Charles-Louis de Secondat, who became baron of La Brede in 1713, and baron of Montesquieu ein 1716, was born in the château in 1689. He lived there in the style of a Gascon farmer, alternating stays in Paris with long periods spent there, developing the land and the vines, while also writing his famous « Spirit of Laws ».
Dominique Haverlan, a third generation wine producer, took over the reins at Château de la Brède in 2011. Born, like Montesquieu, in the heart of Graves, Dominique established a reputation at the Vieux Château Gaubert, a benchmark in the appellation. Committed to his profession, he is also president of the Syndicat des Graves.
Located in the Graves appellation, next to Pessac Léognan, Montesquieu’s vineyard benefits from an exceptional terroir. The soil consists of a hilltop with various depths of dry gravel on top of a very deep layer of clayey gravel that brings minerality and richness to the wines.
A terroir from which Dominique Haverlan strives to produce wines that will rank among the finest.