The grand ambtions of Château Pabus

The Pabus property on the Sadirac hills barely covers a few acres of vines and a number of plants so small, you could almost assign a name to each of them.

The bunches of grapes flourish with individual attention and are hand picked with infinite care when they are perfectly ripe.

All this effort is for a few hundred litres of a wine with attention lavished on it like a prince.

Château Pabus is a top Bordeaux, to be discovered connaisseurs.

Top location

Mr. Robert S. Dow and the team of Château Pabus are making no compromises to make exceptional “niche wines” whose progress can be measured at every next vintage.

“determination to make a top wine in the grand tradition of Bordeaux

The determination to make a top wine within the grand tradition of Bordeaux is inspired by the quality of the terroir and the example of nearby wine estates producing some of the most exclusive Bordeaux wines.

Perfect conditions for a supérieur merlot

The orientation of the Château Pabus vineyard and the terroir of clay, silt and sand makes it ideal to grow merlot grapes. These provide the wine a rich and elegant taste.

A small fraction of the most south oriented plots allow to grow malbec and cabernet franc. These grapes provide extra fruitiness and structure to the wines.

Natural water bassin

The clay in the soil of Château Pabus creates a natural water basin. It assures access to water for the vines throughout the growing season. Additionally, the inclination and remodeling of the surface improved the natural drainage of the vineyard.

This is an important advantage, making the vineyard resistant to increasing temperatures and summer heat shocks, which has become an important challenges for wine makers in Bordeaux.

Proactive care in each row of the vineyard

Proactive care in each row of the vineyard is the basic ingredient to produce a top wine. This will never change. If the fruit isn’t clean, healthy and pure, there can’t be great wine.

After a detailed study of the different plots of the vineyard, root-stocks and clones were carefully selected to be the best adapted to the physical and chemical conditions of the ground.

“two traditional Bordeaux types,
yet rarely brought together”

The choice of the Merlot and Malbec grape varieties, which are two traditional Bordeaux types, yet rarely brought together, is already distinctive and corresponds to a deliberate decision to be modern.

Planting densities, the number of bunches per vine and rational cultivation techniques have been determined in order to produce top quality fruit.

the craft of a team

Pabus wines are also the outcome of the winemaker’s hard work. What would a terroir produce without the craft of the team?

Robert S. Dow takes special care to call attention to the people with whom he creates his wines, insisting that in any piece of work, the style is always set by people.

“in any piece of work,
the style is always set by people

Michel Rolland, recognised as one of the world’s best oenologist, is devoted to the success of Château Pabus. Since many years, he assists the team throughout the wine making process. 

The contribution of experts with their knowledge and experience is indispensable to apply the virtues of moderation, balance and respect of the rules in winemaking.

State of the art installations

In his quest for excellence, Mr. Dow renovate the wine estate, providing it a fantastic installation: a vathouse in which to vinify the wine in oak casks and a second vathouse with resolutely modern stainless steel tanks in which to make the second wine. 

“The whole wine making installation was completely redesigned. A gangway was constructed over the new tanks. Reshaped floors facilitate the evacuation of winery waste water.”

There is also a cellar for malolactic fermentation and an ageing cellar, both with ideal temperature conditions.

The renovation and construction of the installations has been conducted with special care in order to delicately blend traditional and innovative architecture.