Château Haut-Sarpe

The vineyards of Château Haut-Sarpe and its close neighbour Château Clos de Sarpe are situated on the eastern part of the St Emilion plateau, just on the far side of Château Balestard La Tonnelle and Château Sansonnet. Although this is not a corner of the St Emilion appellation blessed with many famous names, it has been cultivated for many years. Trenches cut into the rock, a traditional technique which dates to the Gallo-Roman period and revived during the Middle Ages, suggests that the vine has been planted here for centuries, if not millennia.

Château Haut-Sarpe

Sadly, there are no documents telling us of life at Château Haut-Sarpe in ancient or Medieval times, and it is only during the 19th century that the story begins to become clear. Perhaps unsurprisingly much of the early history is shared with Château Clos de Sarpe, the two having common origins and common ownership for much of the time. As a consequence, much of the history presented below matches that within my profile of Château Clos de Sarpe.


The earliest references which relate to the modern-day Château Haut-Sarpe come from the 1868 Cocks et Féret, which tells us there were at least four distinct vineyards on the Sarpe plateau at this time.

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