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Baron de Montesquieu

The name Montesquieu may be familiar. You probably learned about him in your American history class. Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu was a philosopher whose influential work, "Spirit of Laws" touted the theories of separation of powers and greatly influenced the shaping of the U.S. Constitution.

Not only was the Baron committed to the ideals of freedom, he was also passionate to the art of winemaking. Montesquieu was simply in love with Bordeaux; the land, the grapes - everything. He was particularly dedicated to the vines. Montesquieu was one of the founders of the concept of terroir, and of planting only the best vines to create fine wine. His meticulous approach to winemaking was a catalyst in the development of Bordeaux's first growth Chateaux. For those of you who love the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, you can thank the Baron, for he was the man first to identify the grape back in 1737.

And now, generations later, the spirit of Montesquieu lives on as his winemaking techniques and beliefs are carried on by the Montesquieu family.

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