Chateau Ballan-Larquette lies in the little village of St Laurent du Bois (St Lawrence in the Woods). Rather aptly, St Laurent du Bois is named for St Lawrence, one of the Patron Saints of vine growers and wine making.
The area has been a cradle for vineyards since the middle ages and is dotted with ancient churches and Knight’s Templar Commanderies. The village lies near the old Abbeys whose Benedictine monks made wine for communion centuries ago. The great Landes Forest lies to the south west and the area around St Laurent du Bois was once a privileged territory for hunting – and fishing (lamprey is a speciality of the region).
The chateau lies in Lieu Dit of Larquette – a ‘Lieu Dit’ is an old French term for a small vineyard that bears a traditional name – the lieu-dit name is frequently used in Burgundy or Alsace. In this case the vineyard is Larquette, which may originate from L’Arquette – the French word for the Archer or Bowman (rather fitting considering that it was once part of an old hunting ground).
Ballan-Larquette is owned by the Chaigne family – who have been wine makers for six generations. Regis Chaigne heads the current generation in charge of Chateau Ballan Larquette and is passionate about producing award winning, classic, time honoured wines with the elegant precision that modern wine making techniques bring with them.