Since 1927, 4 generations of winegrowers have succeeded one another at Château Aydie.
Discover the main dates of our young history...
Frédéric Laplace, owner and harvester at the Château d’Aydie.
It was he who truly established the vineyard, putting it at the forefront of the region’s mixed farming.
A mistelle (wine fortified with brandy) came into being, with a Tannat base, a forerunner of Maydie. Frédéric tucked a few small casks away in the cellar, fortifying the grape juice with spirits. The result? A treat for the palate of exquisitely good taste, to rapidly become a little surprise served at the Château.
Pierre Laplace succeeded to take his father’s place at the head of the operation; he continues assiduously with the plantations and management of the vineyard's lands.
First commercialization of the estate’s own bottles. André Daguin, the famous Gascon chef happened to taste a sample… and fell in love. As a result, there was a first order: 4000 bottles.
This was an enormous step for the Laplace family… And the start of an adventure that has continued ever since.
First Jean Luc, then his brothers assisted by Marie, work on technical definitions, seeking the best terroirs and developments in vinification, of especially the Tannat grape.
First production of Tannat on the clayish-calcareous slopes of the Madiran region. The demonstration that a grape variety can express itself differently on a given soil, enriching blends while bringing strength, character but also balance and a refreshing nature.
Acquisition of the Château, which becomes the estate’s showcase.
Maydie comes into being
First high-density planting of Tannat (over 8000 vines per hectare), for low yield per vine, for concentration and complexity.
Switching to HVE (High Environmental Value)
“Imagine the wines of tomorrow! "Rich in their experience, the family works to sublimate the Tannat, by choosing more precise plots, winemaking qualities and ever more demanding blends. Make it current in its expression without denying any of its intrinsic qualities.
"Innovation" Listening to consumers is essential to meet their needs and each of their moments of consumption. Famille Laplace wines offer new experiences. Innovation also involves innovative packaging, a variety of cuvées produced on the 80 hectares of the estate with a sincere desire to satisfy epicureans, amateurs and gourmets from all over the world.
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The family estate
With the Pyrenees as a backdrop, Aydie Castle dominates a hill. It is a large Belle Epoque villa that belonged to the Béarnais writer Joseph Peyré, Goncourt Prize in 1935.
Within this estate, we have highlighted the terroirs to produce exceptional wines, of which the two historic vintages, Château d 'Aydie and Odé Aydie, are the flagships of the range.
Madiran & Pacherenc du Vic-bilh
Aydie, pyrénées atlantiques