Le Garagiste

Contact Ben Hall    TEL:  +33 (0)7  82  56  87  49    EMAIL:   benhall@legaragiste.eu 

Ben Hall le garagiste

I’m Ben Hall and together with my wife Gill, we look after the vines and make the wines here at Chateau La Grande Etouble. Our vineyard lies within AOC Cotes de Bourg, Grande Vin de Bordeaux.

Our Ethos

From vine to wine, our grapes receive a very high level of manual care. We believe the quality of our wine reflects this natural and organic approach. The wines we produce are excitingly different for this area. They are handmade with love and passion. From start to finish, we nurture and follow the seasons through to harvest. I have a great respect for the “terriore” and use equipment to cultivate & feed the soil naturally.

Our Story

We have always been in love with France, we even planted a vineyard and produced our own white wine in the UK before moving to France.

In 2013, when an opportunity arose to move to France, we were delighted to purchase a small 2.2 hectare vineyard in the appellation of Cotes de Bourg, which is located within the world famous wine region of Bordeaux. Since renovating the farmhouse and re-building the chai and wine cellar, we have produced a base for oeno-tourism and regularly welcome visitors from all over the globe on wine holidays at “French Vineyard Vacations”.

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Our Vineyard

Our gently sloping vineyard is located close to the Gironde estuary and provides a good diversity of soils and minerals and is currently (2019) planted with Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines. The Merlot enjoy the deeper clay and limestone soil, while the Cabernet Franc express themselves well in the deep sandy loamy soils of the higher end of the vineyard.