Our Wines
2016 Château La Corne Bordeaux Blanc
3,000 bottles made, winery only
Tasting Notes
2016 Château La Corne Bordeaux Rouge
2,000 bottles made - available only in CA, OR & WA
2017 Château La Corne Bordeaux Blanc
2,500 bottles made - available at winery and soon in CA, OR & WA
2017 Château La Corne Bordeaux Rouge
1,500 bottles made- available at winery and soon in CA, OR & WA
2017 Château La Corne Bordeaux Rouge “Reserve”
600 bottles made - winery only
2018 Château La Corne Bordeaux Blanc
2,000 bottles made
2018 Château La Corne Bordeaux Blanc Reserve
300 bottles made - winery only
2018 Château La Corne Bordeaux Rouge Reserve
600 bottles made - winery only

Buy our Wine

Here at Château La Corne or enjoy some at a few of our favorite local restaurants:
Le Pelerins, Verdelais
Auberge des Vignes, Sauternes
Adèle x Maison Darroze, Château de Malromé, Saint-André-du-Bois

Or in California at the following retailers:
Vino!
Draeger’s
Oddlots

Natural Farming & Winemaking
As we live surrounded by our vines and spend much time in the vineyards, we farm minimally.  By that we mean no Round Up, no pesticides, no herbicides.  Using only natural products used for centuries.  The vineyard is totally safe for us, our guests and our little dog named Margaux and all the other creatures great and small with whom we share this land.

All the work in the vineyard is done by hand (by us) and our 1968 Masey Ferguson tractor.  We hand pick our grapes at harvest with help from friends and neighbors.

Wine making is minimal too with fermentation by only native yeasts.  The long natural fermentation stays cool, which helps retain all the fine aromas.  For example, our 2017 white took 22 days to ferment versus the 5 days it would have taken with processed yeast. We then put the wine in neutral French oak barrels for maturation.  We rack barrels and occasionally use egg whites to ‘fine’ the wine prior to bottling (unfiltered).  We use a very small amount of sulfur at bottling to make sure the wine can travel.

French Dovecote
French Dovecote wines come to us from two longtime friends, Steve Lawrence and Laurent Barbier. You might know of Steve as the man who built Veuve Clicquot in the US market in the 1990’s – Steve now lives in Southern Bordeaux where he and his wife own and operate Chateau La Corne. Laurent is a man who has done just about everything in the wine world, from farming, to winemaking, to running sales operations for the likes of the Lurton Brothers and Chalone.

French Dovecote wines come from the region of Gascony, which lies in the “Piedmont Plain” of the Pyrenees, an area with a unique soil called “boulbéne” which is a mix of red clay and sand that sits above limestone bedrock. The more limestone you have in the boulbéne, the warmer the soil, and the less limestone present, the cooler the soil. Steve and Laurent produce Dovecote from two separate vineyard sites, one warm and one cool, so that we end up with a mix of both fruity and savory qualities in the finished wines. Let’s not geek out too much though…the Dovecote project is all about instant pleasure! These are wines that showcase Gascony’s unique terroir with a smile.

Still reading? Good. Maybe you are you wondering what these buildings are that we call “dovecotes…” Dovecotes can be found all over southwest France and date back to the Middle Ages – These buildings (also called pigeonnier or colombiers) housed a family’s pigeons, which were essential for three things – Food (deliciousness), communication (no iPhones in the Middle Ages!), and fertilizer (poop). Only the aristocracy was allowed to have them. Today you’ll find numerous architectural styles of dovecotes – They can be round, square, standalone, part of a larger building, wooden, brick, or sandstone. Most of this simply depended on the wealth of the family building them. Steve and Laurent love these things and consider dovecotes a beautiful and true expression of rural southwest France.