The vat cellar has been restored to make room for barrel storage. The new tasting room is a mixture of bare stone and oak wood. It has a large glass bay window looking out on numerous barrels stained red allowing visitors to appreciate the unique beauty of the scene.
A second barrel cellar has been entirely restored in place of the historic cellar. It is 50 meters long and can hold up to 500 barrels which rest on a bed of gravel which retains the humidity.
All the barrels in both cellars are made from French oak forests of which a third come from Chateau Leoville Barton.
The vat cellar
This cellar is the new building of Chateau Mauvesin Barton built during the complete renovation of the property. It covers 630 square metres, it contains 24 stainless steel vats with temperature control. The vats vary from 125 to 200 hectolitres wich enables quality vinification separating the individual parcels of vines.
With one elevated floor the harvest can be received by gravity, thereby preserving the quality of future vintages.
The vats being of varying capacity each parcel can be treated separately and permits an improved blending. The vats are temperature controlled which guarantees temperature levels throughout the fermentation process.
After this process the wine is transferred into French oak barrels for a period of 12 months. One third of these are supplied by three different coopers, another third are barrels of one year and the other third come from Leoville Barton.
The wine of Château Mauvesin Barton is the result of the combined skill of Melanie Sartorius, Bruno Petit and the oenologist consultant Eric Boissenot.