Chateau La Mazerolle
|Chateau La Mazerolle is situated in the Entre Deux Mers region of Bordeaux, 20 miles South East of Bordeaux. The Mandrau Estate is over 100 acres which they have had for more than a century.
The Chateau La Mazerolle Vineyard is comprised of 60 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and 40 acres dedicated to white varietals such as Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, and Muscadelle. The vineyard is planted on lime clay hills that have great South and South West exposures. The average vine age is 25 years.
Jean Louis, influenced by his former employment at Chateau Latour, has updated the winemaking process at Chateaux La Mazerolle. Here the white wines are meticulously harvested in the early morning followed by some skin contact and fermentation and aging on the lees. The red wines ferment in stainless or concrete vats with extended maceration for 2 or more weeks. The Bordeaux Superieur wine is aged in stainless tanks after malolactic fermentation for at least 9 months. A select wine, Bordeaux Rouge, is aged in oak barrels for one year with 30% new oak barrels.
Jean Louis Mandrau has a doctorate in Oenology and has consulted on at least 4 different continents. From 1975 to 1983 Mandrau was assistant winemaker at Chateau Latour and winemaker from 1984 to 1986. Since 1986 Mandrau has managed the family vineyard here at Chateau La Mazerolle. During this time he has consulted in Chile, South Africa, California, and the Languedoc and Jurancon regions of France. Mandrau is also currently the mayor of his hometown, since 2001.