Located in the prestigious Haut-Médoc region of Bordeaux, Château Aney is a captivating estate that truly reflects the essence of its terroir. The vineyards, spanning 35 hectares, are nestled in an exceptional location where the Gironde Estuary influences the microclimate, creating the perfect conditions for grape cultivation.
Château Aney was built in 1850 by the family that gave it its name, just five years before the wine classification system was initiated in Bordeaux. The domaine thrived and earned Cru Bourgeois status, but by the mid-twentieth century the land was no longer being farmed and the château had fallen into disrepair. In 1972 Jean Raimond and his son, Pierre, bought the property, rehabilitated the vineyards, and refurbished the winery and cellars. This marked a new era for Château Aney; which fittingly achieved Cru Bourgeois status for a second time in 1978. Today Pierre runs the estate along with his son, David, producing wines of class and elegance.
The terroir of Château Aney is characterized by its diverse soil types, including gravel, clay, and limestone. This unique combination imparts distinct flavors and textures to the wines. The vineyard management team at Château Aney meticulously tends to the vines, employing sustainable practices to ensure the health and vitality of the plants.The warm summer sun is tempered by the cool breezes of the Garonne, and round, polished, gravelly, river stones cover the vineyard. Throughout the day the sun warms these stones, which gradually redistribute the heat to the vines, protecting them against springtime frosts and helping the grapes along towards full maturation in the autumn. The final blend of the wine matches the proportions in which they are planted throughout the thirty hectares of vineyards: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot.
In the cellar, Château Aney follows a careful winemaking process that highlights the natural beauty of the grapes. The handpicked fruit undergoes fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, allowing for a gentle extraction of flavors and aromas. The wines are then aged in French oak barrels, where they develop complexity and depth.
Château Aney takes great pride in the vegetal characteristics that define its wines. The careful blending of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot results in wines that showcase notes of blackcurrant, plum, and spices, with a subtle hint of earthiness. These vegetal nuances add layers of complexity and depth to the wines, creating a truly captivating sensory experience.