Château Mazeyres, right in the heart of Libourne, is inextricably linked to the history of Pomerol. It has been a very active, lively site since the Roman era. Its plateau, served by two major routes during this period, was chosen by the poet Ausonius for his Lucaniac villa. Remarkable pottery dating from the third century has been found on the chateau site, representing traces of an old Gallo-Roman villa. The town’s archives reveal that vines have been grown on this site since the 14th century.
Château Mazeyres, a magnificent Directoire-style manor house, was acquired in the early 20th century by the Querre family, who began producing a fine, fruity wine designed for French restaurant customers. In 1988, the family decided to sell the entire estate to Caisse de Retraite de la Société Générale which then passed it on to Sogecap – the life insurance branch of the same banking institution – in 2010. In 2020, a new chapter begins with the arrival of the Guillard family, who, after acquiring Château Fonroque in 2017, confirms his interest in great growths of Bordeaux. This acquisition strengthens a fertile and complementary collaboration with Alain Moueix, who has been managing the wine estate for more than 30 years.
In 1992, viticultural engineer and oenologist Alain Moueix took over the running of Château Mazeyres. As the fourth generation of a well-regarded family of Libourne winegrowers and merchants, he offered the chateau his commitment, knowledge and expertise. The vineyard area was significantly increased and thought was put into approaches to winegrowing, winemaking and maturation, resulting in the facilities being modernised. The chateau was restored and the quality of the wines significantly improved. Mazeyres began a new age of winemaking. Close links were established with Bordeaux merchants, who helped to boost Château Mazeyres’ international renown and have remained loyal to Alain Moueix over more than 25 years of work. Biodynamics made a vital contribution to ensuring that the vineyard’s growth went hand in hand with rising quality levels and increasing fame. The resulting wines were lively and elegant, and enjoyed growing recognition.
The acquisition of four further hectares at the heart of the Pomerol appellation in 2010 took the estate’s total area to 25.5 hectares, cultivated using biodynamics since 2012 and certified since 2018.