When the Boufflerd family acquired Château Muret in 1985 it was in a sorry state. Though it has been listed in one of the Bordeaux bibles, Cocks et Féret, since 1850 the vineyards, woods, meadows and buildings had been allowed to decline. The Boufflerds rolled up their sleeves and began the process of rebuilding and replanting.
30 years later they are now long established and make modern, stylish claret of cru bourgeois status.
Located close to Saint-Seurin de Cadourne, the 25 hectares of vines are now 27 years old, well established indeed, and lie on classic Haut-Médoc clay-limestone soils on a plateau that bears evidence of Roman occupation. Plantings are split as 60% merlot and 40% cabernet sauvignon, farmed under a regime of lutte raisonée, or sustainable viticulture, and they are certified by Terra Vitis, an organisation that regulates strict standards in such agriculture.
After the harvest the grapes are sorted to ensure that only the best fruit makes it into the stainless-steel fermentation vats and this is followed by a period of maturation in oak, 30% of which is new.