A history since 18th century…
Before 1749, Château Monbrison was a metairie of the neighbouring Château d’Arsac, which belong to the powerful Ségur family. In 1749, it was ceded as an independent estate to Mr. De Copmatin, conseiller of the King in Bordeaux, and it remained in the family untill 1818. On 26th February, the Copmartin family sold their property, small vineyard at the time to Paul Georges Conquère de Monbrison.
In 1921, Robert Davis, American commissioner for the Red Cross in the Balkans during the First World War, bought the property after his wedding marriage with Kathleen Johnston, daughter of the famous négociant Nathaniel Johnston who owned Château Dauzac.
“Across the gravelly hillside
Five folks of yellow oxen drag five chains.
I send them forth at daylight to pull up the deep-rooted vineyard.
Today and tomorrow and every day thoughout the winter
They will pace up and down the ordered channels
with heavy breath and gritting iron
hauling out the damp tap roots.”
- Robert Davis in 1921
Robert Davis brought the vineyard.
The vineyard was uprooted.
Elizabeth Davis, the 3rd daughter of Robert Davis, continued the family property.
Elizabeth Davis replanted the vineyard.
The whole harvest is bottled at the Château
Jean-Luc VONDERHEYDEN runs the family business.
Enlargement of the aging cellar.
50% of the barrels are renewed every year.
MONBRISON is a pioneer in green harvesting.
Building of a new tank room and harvest reception.
Laurent VONDERHEYDEN runs Monbrison as Jean-Luc passed away.
Alix Vonderheyden work with his father
Today, under the direction of Laurent Vonderheyden, Château Monbrison is one of the leading wines in Appellation Margaux and a member of the famous Unions des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB).
Well-noted by critics, Château Monbrison has received prestigious medals and distinctions in France and abroad. The quality of its enchanting bouquet is equalled only by the elegance it displays on the palate. Incredibly refined, Monbrison brilliantly reflects its superb terroir and is the epitome of a great Margaux.