Château Cantelys is a 40-hectare estate, of which 20 are under vine, in the commune of Martillac, in the heart of the Pessac-Léognan appellation.
This estate, in a single block, is located on a lovely gravelly rise.
Daniel Cathiard purchased Château Cantelys in 1994. Since then, he has been responsible for the estate's development, and has instituted an absolutely quality-oriented approach in both the vineyard and the cellar.
Florence Cathiard, Owner
Cantelys is mostly located on a rise and a plateau covered with a thick layer of fine gravel. This gravelly soil is well-drained, and efficiently evacuates excess rainwater. The stony soil warms up quickly and therefore contributes to good ripening.
The percentage of clay increases as one goes down from the rise towards the spring, This soil, with a higher proportion of clay, has a more even temperature and water content, which is ideal for Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
Land not planted with vines is not entitled to the Pessac-Léognan appellation, but this may change over time because certain plots are fully worthy.
Château Cantelys produces the following wines:
- Château Cantelys blanc Pessac-Léognan
- Château Cantelys rouge Pessac-Léognan
- Château Cantelys rosé Bordeaux
Château Cantelys blanc is a classic white Pessac-Léognan made from Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
The white wine of Cantelys is well-balanced, rich, and round, with a beautiful long aftertaste. The Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris contribute a lovely bouquet and the Sémillon is responsible for length and richness.
Approximately 70 hectolitres of Château Cantelys blanc are produced every year.
Château Cantelys rouge is a classic Pessac-Léognan made primarily from Cabernet.
The red wine of Cantelys is very expressive and typical of the finest wines of its appellation. It has a deep colour and a beautiful red fruit bouquet. The wine is round and smooth on the palate. It is very well-balanced and delicious.
Annual production of Cantelys rouge amounts to approximately 20 000 bottles evey years.
The rosé wine of Château Cantelys is a rosé de saignée, i.e. it is “bled” off vats of red wine.
The 40-hectare estate is in a single block in the lieu-dit Menaut. It is divided into 4 plots in the land register. The 20 hectares of vineyards are divided into 5 of white wine varieties and 15 of red wine varieties.
The white varieties consist of
45% Sauvignon blanc
10% Sauvignon gris
The red wine varieties consist of
45% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Cabernet Franc