La Grande Maison Younan Collection acquired Château Zaya, formerly Chateau la Garelle, with a goal to build an international reputation as an impressive wine in Bordeaux, France at an attractive price. Bordeaux is a famed wine-growing region where wine enthusiasts gather to share the passion for winemaking. Since the acquisition, the Younan Collection has invested heavily in perfecting vine growth and improving the production facility. Château Zaya's 2017 vintage marks the renewal of this beautiful estate under a new management team, which combines tradition and inspiration.
Covering over 22 acres, Château Zaya rests on limestone clay soil, imparting a flavor profile to wine that is similar to the texture of clay itself—thick, round, and generous. Limestone offers beneficial nutrients to berries, resulting in more developed grapes with sweeter endnotes and a more potent aroma. Château Zaya specializes in a Merlot-dominant varietal, which remains one of the most admired and collected wines.
By meticulously harvesting the berries by hand in small boxes of 10 kgs in selected best hours of the day, the most robust berries are harvested at more stable sugar levels, while avoiding damage to the berries and vineyard. By implementing state-of-the-art temperature-controlled tanks, the fermentation and vinification processes have been perfected. Additionally, automated sorting machines emphasize quality-control of berries before being utilized for production.
Château Zaya’s viticulture and vinification team are headed by French experts Dr. Alain Raynaud, Antoine Schmitt, and David Bistodeau. Together, this team of trained experts, paired with the vineyard’s ideal soil quality and location, possesses all of the necessary resources in producing premium wine. The future of Château Zaya will be to grow as one of the most sought after wines in Bordeaux, France. Château Zaya will produce properly-aged, quality wines for anyone seeking luxury at an affordable price point, and worthy of the LGMYC name.