Calvet Company was founded by Jean-Marie Calvet in Rhône river valley in 1818. By 1823 Calvet branch business had appeared in Bordeaux downtown and some time after such branches were opened in every major wine-producing region of France.
The company kept developing and in 1870 Jean-Marie’s son Octave Calvet approved the construction of Calvet Castle in Médoc. That is a really magnificent building with Louis XVI style façade and 16,000 square metres of wine cellars. Later on the castle was extended three times as the company was growing.
In 1886 Argentine branch was opened and three years after Jean Calve, one of Octave’s sons, settled down in Burgundy. That choice was by no means arbitrary for Calve in such a way pointed out that the company had always been specializing in the wines from the best vineyards of France.
At the beginning of XX century Jean Calvet was the first to suggest marking every Calvet bottle with a nameplate (like the one you can see on Réserve des Princes). This guarantees the wine quality and makes it recognizable all over the world. Thus, in 1920 an eagle had been chosen as the symbol of Calvet and the colour of red wine as the corporate colour.
In 1930 Jean Calvet started to sponsor wine-making research activities and even founded a special lab for this aims. Since that a step-by-step quality control system has always been a part of Calvet wines production process.
In 1982 Calvet became a subsidiary of the Whitbread Group and was subsequently consumed by giant international Allied Domecq.
In 1997 under the leadership of Jack Drounau Calvet once again became an independent wine market player and ten years later, in 2007, the company was once more consumed by both financially and technically more powerful Les Grands Chais de France group.
Calvet has its own Codex which guarantees production of high quality items only. The Codex contains 40 rules which are strictly adhered.
Calvet wine production is also strictly regulated. Blending and aging is only carried out in the area where the company is located. The wine ages in French oak barrels for no less than 6 months. Usually the process takes about a year and is followed by several months of maturation in bottles. While blending and aging the wine is sampled 7 to 11 times.
Today Calvet stands for more than ten millions of wine bottles sold to more than 100 countries including Russia.
In Luding Ltd portfolio 4 Chateau Calvet wines of independent manufacturers are presented:
• Château Pontet Nivelle – dry white
• Château Grand Meynau – half sweet white
• Château Mauriac – dry red
• Château Guillaume – dry red
and there is also so-called généric wine, Réserve des Princes, produced by oenologists of Calvet company itself.