Comte de Malet Roquefort
The Malet Roquefort family of Domaines Comte de Malet Roquefort has a three-century history in Bordeaux, having established in Saint-Émilion in 1705. The discovery of remnants of the Gallo-Roman Villa du Palat with mosaics portraying grape plantings in 1969 by Comte Léo de Malet Roquefort indicated an even deeper history of viticulture on this region. The Malet Roquefort family's original estate, Château La Gaffelière, was designated as a Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé in 1954. The family merged three properties, Château La Gaffelière, Château Chapelle d'Aliénor, and Château Armens, under the Domaines Comte de Malet Roquefort name in 2001. Château La Gaffelière, Château Chapelle d'Aliénor, Château Armens, and Château La Connivence are among the Domaines Comte de Malet Roquefort holdings today. The Malet Roqueforts have passed down their traditions, year after generation, based on the four guiding principles of quality, elegance, authenticity, and independence. Today, Alexandre de Malet Roquefort is at the head of Domaines Comte de Malet Roquefort. He shares his forefathers' enthusiasm for wine and the terroir of Saint-Émilion, which they call home.
ALEXANDRE DE MALET ROQUEFORT
It was when he retired that Mr. Bonnet put his trust in Alexandre de Malet Roquefort, whose life had always been punctuated by viticultural work on the family's other properties. Since then, the new owner has invested heavily to modernize
investments to modernize the winemaking techniques. Alexandre fell in love with Château Armens, this new Grand Cru whose personality he wanted to reveal. Then in 2001, Aliénor and Alexandre de Malet-Roquefort fell under the spell of a property named Château Chapelle Maracan and located in Mouliets-et-Villemartin, next to Saint-Emilion. Beyond the richness of the terroir, it is the atypical character of the place that seduced the couple. Indeed, in the heart of the vineyard, overlooking the vines, stands an old chapel that seems to protect its land as a mother watches over her child. This love affair with Château Chapelle Maracan gave birth to a great vintage "La Chapelle d'Aliénor", which later gave its name to the whole property. Moreover, since 2008, Alexandre de Malet Roquefort is the owner of La Connivence, a small estate of 1.45 hectares located in Pomerol. This estate hides a story of friendship signed by three friends, passionate about wine, who had the same dream: to share this love for wine and try the experience together. The story of Château La Connivence was born during a dinner between friends. The idea is to make "not a good wine but a great wine".
The word connivence comes from the friendship that unites the three owners. Alongside Alexandre de Malet Roquefort are the two Girondins from Bordeaux: Matthieu Chalmé, a player with the Bordeaux club and Johan Micoud, a former international footballer who bring their enthusiasm and a fresh vision. It took Matthieu Chalmé, Alexandre de Malet and Johan Micoud two years to find the vineyard of Château La Connivence. The one that will allow them to raise a Grand Cru of Pomerol.
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