The fire at the Pessac-Leognan property started around 7.30pm on Monday in the chateau’s cellars, local newspaper Sudouest reported.
It is unclear exactly how much of the 2010 vintage has been destroyed or ruined by the fire, but by Tuesday morning, Sudouest said, it was obvious the damage was considerable.
A police inquiry will determine the cause of the fire, described by a spokesman for the fire service as ‘intense’.
Fifty firefighters with six high-pressure hoses and ladders were needed to control the blaze, which has destroyed the three-storey, 3000 sq m building.
‘The aim was obviously to control the fire but it was also to stop it spreading to the administration buildings, and the other cellars stocking older vintages,’ Arnaud Mendouse, the officer in charge of the firefighters said.
According to the report, the wine in stainless steel vats was subjected to such extreme temperatures that it is unlikely it will have survived. Several hundred hectolitres, Sudouest says, will have been lost.
According to Decanter a devastating fire has struck Chateau de France, destroying part of the Chai and damaging the 2010 Vintage: