|The Chateau is located in Saint-André-du-Bois, 60 km south of the city of Bordeaux. It was originally a feudal castle, built in the 12th century and known for four centuries as La Salle d’Argadens. In 2002, the Sichel family purchased the property and renamed it Chateau Argadens, in reference to the noble family that originally built the estate. At this time, a major investment program was launched to restructure the vineyard, increase plantation density, modernize the winery and build an aging cellar. These efforts ensure that the quality of the terroir is expressed in full through the greatest precision and care.
Covering 45 hectares of clay-limestone soil in a single plot, Argadens is superbly well situated at an altitude of 110 m on one of the highest hills of the rolling Entre-Deux-Mers wine region (one of the five highest points in the Gironde). The east and south-facing slopes of this undulating landscape make this vineyard extremely well drained with neither too much nor too little water, sunshine or wind.
The Sichel family applies their know how and makes use of every available technical advance to allow the expression of this unique terroir to come through unadulterated. They have reduced their environmental footprint to protect the vineyard for future generations to come. There are no herbicides used on newly planted vines and the family has reduced the volume of their agricultural products by half since acquiring the vineyards. Using an integrated farming solution, Argadens was one of the first Bordeaux estates to obtain certification referencing their efforts to protect the environment in the vineyards.