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Chateau de l'Orangerie

Since several centuries, the family Icard, owners of Chateau de L’Orangerie have been living in Saint Félix de Foncaude, a small village in the Entre-Deux-Mers region.


Since several centuries, the family Icard, owners of Chateau de L’Orangerie have been living in Saint Félix de Foncaude, a small village in the Entre-Deux-Mers region. 

XVIII century, in the estate at Pommiers

At the beginning, the estate was situated on the extreme west side of what was then the parish of Saint-Félix-de-Pommiers (in 1848 this became Saint-Félix-de-Foncaude). The property at that date named, “Bouchereau“ belonged to the family of land-owners called “Boutet”, being owners since several generations.  (Notes of this can be found in the National Archives)

XIX century, the time of the legatees

The estate finds itself increased in size by Jean Boutet between 1802 and 1859. During this period the Boutet Family move to the area called "Jardinet", still in Saint Félix.  Here a larger, richer looking home, compared to that of the modest house in Bouchereau is built.  The house is constructed on the road linking Sauveterre to Langon, opposite the windmill "Belair". Thanks to the marriage between Anne Boutet (Jean Boutet’s daughter) and Jean Serizier, land owner in Saint Hilaire du Bois in 1832, the domain spreads further out.  Jean Serizier becomes later the mayor of Saint Felix. Their daughter, Anne Pauline Serizier, marries in 1861 Léonard Guitard, heir of a noteworthy family from Blasimon. Marie Guitard, born from this union, marries around 1890 André Icard, son of Théodore Icard, pharmacist, mayor of Sauveterre and departmental councilor 

XX century, Paths that cross

Henry Icard, unique heir, finds himself at the head of an important patrimony, regrouping several properties from neighboring villages.   Following the end of World War 1, he returns to his civil life, deciding only to run and keep the property at Saint Félix. His two sons, Jacques and Pierre, take over the property from 1970.  Jacques later also becomes the mayor of Saint Felix.

XXI century, Project in Gold (Or)

Today, Jean-Christophe Icard, son of Pierre, owns and runs the property.  Like his ancestor, Jean Boutet, he has built up the estate of Château de L’Orangerie (1), which he manages with serenity and dynamism. Reference to a part of the Chateau where in previous years Orange trees were conserved against frost during the winter months.

The estate, 50 km south East of Bordeaux is situated in the village of St Félix de Foncaude, in the district of Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, in the Gironde department. The climate, typical to that of the Bordeaux region can be distinguished by a reasonably high level of humidity (even during the summer months) and by a high degree of sunshine. This often provides a very mild late season in September and October, which proves to be ideal for the full development of the vines. The ground is that of a chalky clayey type soil with a subsoil that consists of a very compact sandy clay earth.

Today, the estate is composed of 115 hectares of grape vines.

The grapevines planted are those classic to Bordeaux and are as follows :

Red wines
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (Appellations : Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur.)
- Cabernet Franc gives a very elegant and medium deep colour.
- Cabernet Sauvignon, a firm wine, full of delicacy and aromas
- Merlot produces smooth, deeply-coloured , high alcohol and low acid wines .
White wines
Sauvignon, Sémillon and Muscadelle produce the wines AOC Bordeaux Dry White and AOC Bordeaux Moelleux (semi-sweet).
- Sémillon is used to produce a sweet white wine such as AOC Loupiac.
- Sauvignon allows the obtention of fine  aromatic fresh dry white wines
- Sémillon produces clear and fine wines, of a golden colour.
- Muscadelle offers intense Muscat aromas.

The pruning system used at the Château is the one typically used in Gironde – the Guyot cut with single and double canes.

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Бордо Сюпериор. Гран Классик дю Шато де л’Оранжери

Bordeaux Superior AOC. Crand Classique du Chateau de l'Orangerie

Бордо. Л’Оранжери

Bordeaux AOC. L'Orangerie

Бордо. Л’Оранжери

Bordeaux. L'Orangerie

Бордо. Л’Оранжери

Bordeaux AOC. L'Orangerie

Бордо. Л’Оранжери

Bordeaux AOC. L'Orangerie

Бордо. Моэллё. Деликатес дю Шато л'Оранжери

Bordeaux AOC. Moelleux. Delicatesse du Chateau l'Orangerie,


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