Vines have been cultivated here on the steep slopes of the Northern shore of the Garonne River across from the Graves appellation at least since the Romans first came to Gaul, and the estate has been producing wine for over 600 years. A chateau of renown in the 19 and part of the 20th century, the chateau then passed through three non-quality-oriented owners until the Asseily family bought the estate in 2006. Tony Asseily comes from an aristocratic Lebanese family, and with the outbreak of war in Lebanon he moved his banking business to London. The life-long wine enthusiast used to bring his family for Summer vacations to a house near Chateau Biac and after staying at a guest house on the property, learning of its former glory, seeing the unique aspect of the estate, and tasting the potential in the wines, he and his wife decided to take the plunge. They eventually were able to hire Patrick León, who was the winemaker at many of the worlds most famed wineries: Mouton-Rothschild, Opus One, Chateau D’Esclans, Domaine Faiveley, and many more, and set about reviving and carefully redesigning the vineyards and remodeling the winery. The vineyards are now farmed organically, with the blend of grapes changing with each vintage, sometimes with Cabernet Sauvignon dominating, but more often with Merlot being in the top position. This 2015 is 86% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and sees a little new oak to amplify the flavors of dark berries, blue berries and currants. The tannins are firm so this is a wine that is best enjoyed with rich, flavorful cuts of meat.