From the producer: Planted by the Romans and later tended by monks, the Château’s vineyard also benefited from a subsequent boom in world trade. As commerce continued to develop over the years, so Château Les Grands Chênes evolved to become today a great wine coveted by wine enthusiasts who are in the know. Back in the 13th century, the port of St Christoly was a hub for wine exports towards northern Europe; and as a bustling point of transit for national goods, it was fundamental for the burgeoning wine trade. The ships that sailed across the oceans to deliver the fruits of the hard work carried out by Bordeaux vine-growers were in those days built of oak. Oak trees therefore came to symbolise the courage and determination of the sailors who ventured overseas contending with the elements. The name Château Les Grands Chênes (The Great Oaks) was a tribute to those sailors and early pioneers of the wine trade who, thanks to their encounters and exchanges abroad, helped forge the renown of the Bordeaux terroir.