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the nobility of the wine estate
The Hurbe’s castle is located at the exit of the village of St Laurent d’Arce.
built in the 18th century, it replaced the old noble house of Laborde which stood on the site of the present castle.
Once the site of an archaeological site, the large rectangular building is one storey high and flanked by two pavilions which were levelled at the height of the house in 1793.
At each extremity there are two high but asymmetrical pavilions. The outbuildings now house the cellars, warehouses and dwellings of the property. Indeed, the Hurbe’s castle has been a renowned winery for years.
already in 1879, the property was awarded a bronze medal at the Universal Exhibition of Betting Wines.
One chapel is located at the bottom of the garden, near a pond and another is located inside the castle.
After passing into the Hosten, Laborde and Malescot families, the Hurbe had to be the home of an original personality. Leonie of the roque of mons was the daughter of the mayor of the commune, Alfred of the roque of mons, and of the Malescot. His family had distinguished itself by Jean-François de la Roque de mons (1732-1808), lieutenant-general of the king’s armies, who had been a deputy of the Périgord nobility in the General States of 1789. as for the Malescot family whose origin is lost in the nature of the oldest history of the bazadais, it was the last representative of the name Malescot Claude, bachelor and uncle of Leonie.
Born in Bordeaux in 1837, the young Leonie received the call of God and made herself canon of St. Elizabeth of Bavaria. under the former regime, this order imposed on its members the justification of sixteen districts of nobility! the Countess of the Roque of Mons had an obligation to rescue the poor and the unfortunate, which she did until her last breath.
She practiced the most cordial hospitality to the Hurbe. Those who she loved had no flaws in her eyes. A very lively, very original and very bountiful spirit, her friends regretted in her one of those people who evoke the memory of a time that is no longer.
Very popular in St Laurent d’Arce, she had bequeathed to her factory a large sum intended for the beautification of the church.
In 1904, she died in the Hurbe and the castle passed into the hands of her cousins, the Chorivit of Sagardiburu and it was bought by doctor Marcel Bodet, mayor of St Laurent d’Arce, grandfather of the current owners.
The Hurbe is therefore a winery operated by the 3rd generation.
From 1921 to 1935, the wine was produced at the castle, 1935 was the last year of production at the castle because the wine crisis ravaged small wineries. That’s why Marcel Bodet founded a cooperative winery. He continued to exploit the vines of the Hurbe until 1946, which his son-in-law Henri Bousseau took over until 1982.
On this date Marc Bousseau will succeed his father. in 1990, Marc Bousseau decided to return to the castle for vinifying his wine. Existing buildings will be renovated, stainless steel will replace wooden vats and modern techniques such as thermoregulation will be installed. after the harvest of the vintage 90, Marc and Agnès Bousseau will revive the sale to private individuals through the direct sale to the castle. At that time, half of the grapes are vinified at the cooperative and the rest at the property. during the 90s, 2000s, the vineyard will be restructured by regular grubbing and replanting.
Today, the share in the cellar represents 10% compared to 90% in particular winery.
The 3.5ha white vineyard is planted with sauvignon grape varieties for the production of our dry white and semeillon for the making of our cremant.