Located in the heart of both the vineyard and the village
Château de Cérons is not only a listed historic monument, but a lovely manor house built in the early 17th century situated on a terrace overlooking the Garonne River.
Located in the heart of the village of Cérons in the Graves region, the estate is surrounded by imposing stone walls. The château is located in front of a beautiful 12th century church.
Xavier and Caroline Perromat took over the management of the family estate in 2012. They have been working tirelessly ever since: replanting plots, renovating the cellar, installing gravity-flow concrete vats and opening Château de Cérons to visitors.
The whole team is united in the pursuit of ever-greater quality, proudly representing one of Bordeaux’s oldest and yet most underrated appellations, Cérons.
Overlooking the village Château de Cérons has 30 hectares of vines planted on a plateau of gravel soil with a limestone subsoil.
This terroir, with its unique soil and climate, produces three different types of wine: red Graves, dry white Graves and Cérons, a sweet white Bordeaux.
Cérons, an exceptional « terroir » at the heart of the Graves region
Cérons appellation, bordering Sauternes, is an enclave in the Graves area. Created in 1936, it is part of the first AOC officially recognized in the Bordeaux region.
This fabulous terroir is characterized by:
- Layers of limestone covered by gravelly sand.
- A microclimate caused by the proximity of the Ciron river which allows the development of Botrytis Cinerea in autumn.
These exceptional natural conditions give Château de Cérons wines their fine mineral touch and great aromatic precision.
The estate is planted with the following white grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc (40%), Sémillon (45%), Sauvignon Gris (10%) and Muscadelle (5%)
Dry white wines: Sauvignon (50%), Sémillon (40%).
Red wines: Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (45%).
The planting density is 6500 vinestocks/ha
Xavier Perromat manages each plot in the vineyard carefully with the specific aim of bringing out the finesse and quality of the terroir.
De-budding, thinning out leaves and bunches are carefully done by hand.
The vineyard is maintained and managed with respect to the natural balance of the soil, grass growth is carefully controlled.
The fruit of man’s work
Since 2012 we have been committed to the EMS (Environmental Management System) scheme, and we obtained both HEV (High Environmental Value) certification and ISO 14001 status in 2019.
Year after year we work to implement new agroecological practices at the estate, both in the vineyard and cellar: monitoring vines on a plot-by-plot basis, planting cover crops, mechanical weedkilling, use of organic products, etc.
Cérons, a Love story
Château de Cérons has always been a wine producing estate.
Xavier and Caroline Perromat took up the family estate Château de Cérons and the 26 hectares of vines surrounding it in 2012.
With their technical team, they are very totally dedicated to their wines being a true representation of the elegant and precise character of Cérons terroir.
In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the estate belonged to the family of Marquis de Calvimont, members of the Bordeaux parliament originally hailing from Normandy. During this period the Château’s majestic reception rooms played host to many artists and intellectuals.
Roger Expert, one of France’s great early 20th century architects, often stayed in Cérons at his family’s wine estate. Among his many accomplishments, he was responsible for the interior design of the Normandie cruise ship (1932-1935), the Trocadéro fountains in Paris (1936-1937), and five villas in Arcachon and Le Pyla (1924 et 1927). Roger Expert was in charge of renovating the main hall of Château de Cérons. He died in Cérons on 13rd April 1955.
Jean and Suzanne Perromat acquired Château de Cérons in 1958. Benefiting from a family tradition going back generations, they created wines which expressed a strong personality. Their marriage and shared passion for winemaking led, with the help of their son Xavier, to the great success of their vineyards on both banks of the Garonne.
Xavier and Caroline Perromat arrived at the helm of Château de Cérons and its 30 hectares of vines in 2012.
Breathing new life into this magnificent estate has been a technical and personal challenge, a wonderful adventure shared with the whole team and their four children Louis, Jeanne, Alice and Hélène.