Charmail is located on the edge of the Gironde, which allows it to benefit from a certain mildness in the temperatures and to be sheltered from the severe winter frosts which can be dramatic for the plantation. From the property we can enjoy an absolutely magnificent view.
The vineyard is in fact made up of a single piece and extends almost to the edge of the water. Some mornings, there is something magical about sunrise, between water, mist and vines.
The property also has a real topographical advantage. The rolling hills and the southern exposure contribute to the maturity of the grapes, and the vine plants benefit from a light wind which allows regular ventilation of the foliage and the berries.
The Charmail name dates back to the 16th century, namely the Trevey de Charmail family who settled in the Médoc at that time. The notoriety of the property dates back to the beginning of the 18th century. Since then, this land has never ceased to be used for viticulture. It is from this past and these Médoc traditions that our terroir has drawn all its strength and power.
1982 Olivier Sèze takes the reins of the property in hand. Visionary and demanding, in a few years, he breathed a real style into it and made it a safe bet in Haut Médoc. Vintage after vintage, for nearly 30 years, he vinifies magnificently balanced wines with conviction and talent.
2008 Bernard d'Halluin, a Chti raised in Bordeaux realizes his dream of getting into wine. Looking for a property in Bordeaux, he fell in love with Charmail. The two men, driven by the same passion, formed a complementary duo in the service of the property for several years.
2021 Bernard d'Halluin joins forces with Valérie Liquard with the aim of rebuilding "Grand Charmail" which once brought together the neighboring terroirs. Today, Grand Charmail has more than 60 hectares of vines. For Valérie, it's a return to the footsteps of her Médoc ancestors.