Philippe Raoux acquired the Arsac property in 1986, made extensive renovations to the château and completely modernized the winery. Aside from the standing walls, he basically started the renovations from scratch. His other priority was to reconstruct the 112 hectares of vineyard and to revive the quality of wine. A unique experience occurred when he approached the INAO, France’s national wine institution and wine regulation board, to re-qualify Château d’Arsac’s vineyard into the Margaux appellation. A true expression of tenacity by a vineyard owner. Since 1995, 54 hectares of the vineyard are classified under the AOC Margaux appellation, the remainder are classified under AOC Haut-Médoc.
Phillipe Raoux seeks to create a solid alliance between wine, vines and living art. He endeavours at Château d’Arsac to link modernity with tradition. He entrusted Bordeaux architect Patrick Hernandez the careful task of rehabilitating the Château d’Arsac and to bring the property into audacious modernity. Combining stainless steel, wood, glass and with the winery painted in electric blue, Château d’Arsac stands out visibly and is now regarded as one of the most original châteaux of the Médoc.