Blaye, a great heritage

Camp was conquered by Julius Caesar in 56 B.C., « Blavia » becomes a Roman way between Saintes and Pamplona in Spain.

The slopes around started to be covered by the vines. In the 4th century, the poet and landowner, Ausone, wrote to a friend « you can come by land or by sea. First, cross the Garonne River swelled by the ocean, the river is as wide as the ocean or by following one of the three roads leading to the fortress of Blaye ». Charlemagne made a stop in the Citadel to bury Roland, killed in Roncevaux.

 

A vineyard under the protection of the estuary.

 

The exceptional vineyards need a natural protection, and the estuary of Gironde plays this role for the Blaye’s vineyard. Exactly in front of Pauillac, the right bank gives to the Blaye’s vineyard the thermal regulation who mitigates the climate rigors, prevents freezing and ventilates the vines.

Few vineyards had many assets like this for winegrowing and obtaining an ideal ripeness for the grape.  At the east of Blaye, the Magdeleine-Bouhou’s property is planted on a clay and limestone soil, typical from this region.

The history of France is linked to the city of Blaye, privileged step of the pilgrims on their road to Saint Jacques de Compostelle. Blaye definitely acquired his notoriety since 1868, when the famous engineer Vauban of the king Louis XVI designed the Citadel plan, a model of military architecture, still visible today.

 

Few vineyards had many assets like this for winegrowing and obtaining an ideal ripeness for the grape.