Château Lafitte: a long history
Château Lafitte is a former manor house from the 14th century, full of charm and privacy, nestled in the heart of an exceptional, peaceful and hilly environment. It is located in Monein, between Pau and Oloron Sainte-Marie, in the Pyrénées Atlantiques.
The oldest testimony found in the archives reveals the existence of Château Lafitte in the 14th century. But the castle in its current configuration is the work of works carried out in the 16th century. The lands then formed a vast agricultural property, the vine and wine already occupying an important activity of the domain.
The current owners of Château Lafitte, Philippe and Brigitte ARRAOU, have been trying for 30 years to give it back the family spirit it had lost, around a project that has been for them a dream for a long time: to restart production wine. Since 2012, it is their son Antoine, a passionate winemaker, committed to preserving the environment who manages the estate. He developed it from organic farming to biodynamics and paved the way for natural wines. He produces high-quality wines respecting the balance of the land and the vine.
The spirit of Château Lafitte favors pleasure and conviviality, where savoir-vivre accompanies know-how, led by a warm and perfectionist team. In the vineyards, in the cellar as at the table, the goal is none other than to share and share the fruit of a generous land, the result of passionate work in harmony with nature.
The Vines, a biodynamic approach
Our 5-hectare vineyard is made in equal parts of Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng. There is also a large variety of plants, including fruit trees and cereals that we grow. Ewes in winter, bees the rest of the time, contribute to the superb biodiversity of our plots.
We have always applied organic farming methods to it. But in addition to applying these specifications, which ban any use of synthetic chemicals, we have imposed an additional requirement, that of biodynamics. It is more a question of the living, in its entirety. We thus find in biodynamics some fairly old principles of agriculture. With its social, human, environmental and even astral dimensions.
You will understand, all the driving forces of nature contribute to our project. We are convinced of this: there is the possibility of an evolution that goes in the right direction, that is to say, the meaning of sustainable agriculture.
The result? It is a surprising, delicious and particularly healthy grape. A quality we can be proud of. Because it is the result of a lot of manpower; sensitive and serious work. Our approach is therefore subject to checks by the Qualisud organization and certification via the Demeter brand. We, therefore, act sustainably, and in total transparency for all the care given to the vines; as much as for the work done in the winery.
An Eco-responsible Winery
The wines of Château Lafitte are the result of a work that closely links man to nature. The only intermediary between them, the winery. It had to be in line with our vision of vines and wines. To do this, we built a new building in 2018: a superb work tool, signed by the Palois architect Geoffroy Boulin. We wanted this space to comply with our requirements, here are its main features:
- Autonomous in terms of its electricity consumption thanks to the installation of a photovoltaic roof.
- Collecting rainwater for cleaning our farm machinery.
- Buried and equipped with a Canadian well, to benefit from a natural and constant freshness.
- Built on several levels to use the principle of gravity for wine circulation.
Our winery has all the environmental assets in its favor. It allows us to work in the best hygienic conditions, which is very important in natural winemaking.
Do you want to know more about biodynamics and natural wines? Know how a natural white wine-making takes place? Discover the particularities of our new eco-responsible cellar? Come visit our estate!
What does the visit to the estate include?
• Presentation of the Estate
• An introduction to biodynamics and natural winemaking techniques
• The visit of our new eco-responsible cellar
• Tasting of our biodynamic & natural wines
Duration: 1 hour – Price: 10 € / person
Tours can be carried out in French, English or Spanish.