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The story began in 1938 with Damase Mihlade, originaly from Corrèze and founder of a trading-house in Galgon. The choice of this city, landlocked between Pomerol and Libourne, is strategic due to its location and the proximity of the railway network. At that time, two or three trains left Galgon each week to rally Paris and supply the capital with wine.

Later, Damase invested in five tanker-trucks that criss-crossed France, which still explains the presence of Milhade Wines on the whole territory today.

Jean Milhade, son of Damase, took over the family House in 1947. He developed the vineyard with Château Recougne, an 80 hectare estate. In 1961, Hélène, Jean’s wife, launched the first mail-order service for wines in the region. The same year, Jean Milhade bought Château Lyonnat, a historical estate of 50 hectares, situated in the Lussac de Saint-Emilion vineyard.

In 1969, Château Sergant, situated in the graves region of Lalande-Pomerol, also became a property of the Milhade House. A style is born, the wines are powerful and balanced, and each one reflects its specific terroir.

In the 80’s, a new estate is added, Château Tour d’Auron in the Bordeaux Supérieur appelation.

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Famille Milhade

Gérard, Jean and Hélène’s son, quickly finds his way in the business and starts developing exports to foreign markets. Maison Milhade wines are now sold world-wide and branch out from entry and middle ranged wines to prestigious vintages of the Bordeaux region.

In 2000, Gérard Milhade solely takes over the Milhade Estates, with a clear objective: to produce fine wines that can rival the best Bordeaux vintages. Gérard and his wife, Hélène, succeeded in 2009: with the help of Hubert de Boürad de la Forêt, co-owner of the Château Angelus, the Emotion vintage from the Château Lyonnat is celebrated by the french and international press as one of the finer wines of the Libournais region.

In 2010, Cécilia Milhade, daughter of Gérard and Brigitte, joins the family business. She is in charge of commercializing the wines in Asia and the United States. This is the 4th generation of wine makers that convey the same image and know-how in France and abroad.

In 2014, Charlotte Milhade, the youngest daughter of Gérard and Brigitte, agricultural engineer and enologist and her husband, Valentin Généré, also an agricultural engineer join the family business. Together, they buy Château Vieux Chaigneau located in the commune of Néac in Lalande de Pomerol and bring their knowledge and their know-how concerning wine-making.

  • Damase Milhade fonde le négoce du vin à Galgon.

  • Jean Milhade, le fils de Damase développe le vignoble avec l’acquisition du château Recougne.

  • Hélène, l’épouse de Jean, lance le premier service de vente de vin par correspondance de la région. La même année Jean Milhade achète le Château Lyonnat.

  • Acquisition du Château Tour d’Auron. L’entreprise développe les marchés à l’exportation grâce à l’arrivé de Gérard Milhade le fils de Jean.

  • Gérard MILHADE prend la direction des établissements Milhade.

4th generation

Wine growers who convey the same image of know-how in France and abroad

5 property

Château Tour d'Auron, Château Lyonnat, Château Damase, Château Vieux Chaigneau, Château Haut Saint Martin

4 appellation

Lussac-Saint Emilion, Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux and Bordeaux supérieur

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Our Philosophy

Nous nous efforçons à produire des vins authentiques et de qualité dans le plus profond respect de nos aïeux et de la terre ou nous sommes nés.

La qualité passe aussi par l’audace et la capacité de se remettre en question, s’adapter, anticiper (innovation technique, packaging, alliance d’oenologue…). La qualité c’est enfin une affaire de passion et l’envie de partager cette passion en famille, entre amis et avec nos clients.

Nous sommes à l’écoute pour être de bon conseil.

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Gérard Milhade

Gérard Milhade nait en décembre 1957 et passe toute son enfance au milieu des vignes de château Recougne. Il intègre le négoce familial en 1980.

La terre, la vigne, l’élaboration de ce nectar, chaque année diffèrent, lui donnent envie de continuer à acquérir des propriétés comme son père et son grand-père ont su le faire.

En Juillet 2005, suite au décès de son père, il devient l’unique propriétaire des Châteaux Lyonnat et Tour d’Auron tout en continuant d’occuper son poste de PDG des Ets Milhade.

Gérard Milhade