new technical buildings,
for tailor-made vinification
All the steps in the vinification process have now been revised to meet the estate’s new requirements and ambitions.
Architect Sylvain Dubuisson was called in to re-think the whole of the enlarged and redesigned vat room.
“At Malleret, there remains the spirit of a long line of prestigious owners. The château, which bears traces of transformations spanning several centuries, and the beautiful 19th century park, are immersed in a vast property of vineyards and woods. Near the château, the newly renovated stud shows a taste for excellence.
At the entrance to the estate, the creation of new winemaking facilities in new or renovated buildings resonates with the history and spirit of the place to the point of almost appearing obvious. Although profoundly restructured, the buildings form a classical composition from their various angles and blend history with the present.
On the Chemin de Malleret side, the new vat room in the centre, covered with a monumental white trellis on an ochre background and bordered on one side by the bottle store and on the other by the cellars, makes the most of the modernity of its awning.
On the park side, the buildings form a courtyard in front of a brick-clad gallery. And to the right of the vat room, a white shade marks the entrance and protects the two large windows of the inner naves.
The different trades, each in their field, have created, at our instigation, works that express the high quality of their know-how, a quality that values them as highly as that of the owners who offer them the opportunity for excellence.”
A series of concrete tanks, with capacities ranging from 40 to 140 hl, allows each plot to be kept separate for more precise blending. Filling is by gravity.
The idea is that the new temperature-controlled vat room is self-sufficient in energy, thanks in part to the installation of earth-to-air heat exchangers.
The cellars have been reconfigured to accommodate around a thousand barrels. Thanks to the earth-to-air heat exchangers, they operate using passive energy.