One of the oldest Chateau in Bordeaux, originating in 1366, Chateau Timberlay produces estate grown Bordeaux wines with an ecological and terroir driven philosophy. This right bank property in Saint-Andre-du Cuzbac sits right at the 45th parallel, exactly equidistant between the equator and the North Pole in ideal vine growing terroir.
Located on the Right bank of the Dordogne River, the soils in the Chateau Timberlay vineyards are a combination of clay, limestone, and sand, ideal for growing structured and elegant Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc and also the traditional grapes for white Bordeaux, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The entire vineyard is farmed under the guidelines of Terra Vitis, a French organization that independently certifies compliance with transparent, sustainable vineyard practices.
Their careful vineyard practices carry all the way through the winemaking process. Block by block, Chateau Timberlay grapes are handpicked – and before crush, are put through a hand-sorting process to eliminate flawed bunches. In the winery, the barrel and aging regimens are carefully calibrated to enhance wine quality and traditional Bordeaux character.
The Chateau is owned by the Giraud family who base their extensive negociant and estate production from Timberlay. Still philosophically overseen by Robert Giraud whose tireless energy and remarkable personality built the family business in the 1950’s and ‘60’s the business is now directly overseen by Robert’s children Philippe Giraud and his sister Florence. The family still lives in the imposing Château in the heart of the vineyard, surrounded by extensive grounds with impressively old trees.
First awarded for quality in 1893, Chateau Timberlay brings authenticity and tradition to its wines, but also crafts its Bordeaux to be approachable and accessible for every occasion.