Château Broustet is located in the village of Barsac, about 40 miles south of Bordeaux in southwest France on the left bank of the Garonne River. In the 19th Century, the vineyard was owned by Mr. Capdeville. He sold the estate to the Fournier family who established a cooperage on the property and managed the estate until 2010 when it was acquired by The Taillan Group. This multi-national corporation, which owns several Bordeaux estates, was founded in 1961 by Jacques Merlaut. It is headed today by his son, Denis Merlaut.
The château owners and grape growers of Barsac have a unique privilege. They have their very own Barsac appellation but may also claim the Sauternes title for their wines. Of the four villages that make up the Sauternes AOC viticultural area, only Barsac has this honor.
The appellation laws for Sauternes and Barsac are identical in all but the territory they cover. In both cases, the grapes must be harvested by hand – only when their must weight reaches 221 grams per liter.
Château Broustet covers 16.5 hectares, planted to 80% Semillon, 15% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle. The vines are on average close to 35 years of age. The terroir is gravel, sand, and limestone soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,600 vines per hectare.
According to the archives of the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce, today’s 225-liter Bordeaux barrel is thought to have originated at Château Broustet.