- The Godard family has been tending to their vines for four generations and over a century.
- Current owner Carine Godard and her husband Franck decided in 2002 to begin bottling under their estate name. Previously, they had sold their grapes to the local cooperative.
- The estate achieved organic certification in 2007 and has worked under biodynamic principles since 2016.
- The appellation, Côtes de Bordeaux, was created in 2009. Les Francs, where Ch. Godard is, is on the eastern end of Bordeaux, near Bergerac.
- This responsibly and sustainably produced Bordeaux provides an excellent entry-level offering that still retains its artisanal bona fides.
Four generations of Carine Godard’s family have tended to Château Godard & Cru Godard since 1895. Carine inherited the 23-hectare property from her father in 1998. She and her husband, Franck, decided in 2002 to begin bottling under the estate name instead of selling to the local cooperative. With a vision of producing high-quality wines in the Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, they converted their vineyards to organic in 2007 (certified in 2010), and since 2016, they have adopted biodynamic principles. Biodiversity is essential to the family, and their wines are an authentic expression of the land.
Côtes de Bordeaux is a newer appellation, created in 2009 to merge four existing appellations previously used in the Bordeaux region: Côtes de Blaye, Côtes de Castillon, Côtes de Francs, and the red wines of Cadillac, which was previously designated, Premiers Côtes de Bordeaux. Les Francs is located on the eastern end of Bordeaux, close to Bergerac, and the clay-limestone soil is distinct from the other appellations. The cooler terroir allows for perfect ripening and healthy vines that produce grapes requiring less intervention during winemaking. The wines of Château Godard & Cru Godard are fresh and authentic expressions of the land.
Martine’s Wines is the exclusive U.S. importer for Château Godard.