These lands were the first, after the city of Bordeaux (or “Burdigala” as it was known during Roman times), to be planted with Mediterranean grape varieties. The Graves soils are made up of pebbles of sometimes surprising shapes and sizes, which were smoothed by the waters of the Garonne during different glacial periods.
Being a poor soil unsuitable for other crops, the Graves was destined to become, over time, the home of great wine estates such as Haut-Brion, Pape-Clément and Malartic-Lagravière. These prestigious great growths today bear the title of Crus Classés des Graves (Graves Classified Growths).
Mirroring its illustrious ancestors, Château de l’Hospital seeks to bring out the expression of this terroir in its wines and promises to join the exalted ranks of those great Graves growths.