Appellation Bordeaux Supérieur
Localization: Ruch near Castillon (one of the highest hill of region)
Surface area: 63 hectares, but only 27 with vineyards (25ha red, 2ha white)
Grape varities: 63% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc
Average age of vines: 15 years
Plantation Density: 40% 3300 vines/ha
60% 5000 vines/ha
Harvest: Mechanical with manual sorting
Fermentation: In thermoregulated vats between 25 and 34ºC
Maceration: 3 to 4 weeks depending on the grapes quality
Ageing: 14 to 16 months, 100% in French oak, a third new.
Production: 8000 cs of first growth, 2000 cs of second growth.
Courteillac is a very old Domaine in the Entre-Deux-Mers, owned at the beginning of the XXth century by Henri
de Foussat de Bogeron, one of the most fervent restorers of the vineyards after the phylloxera crisis. But it wasn't until the 1980s that Courteillac regained its place among the top Chateaux of the region.
In 1982 Stéphane Asséo, after some years travelling the world, was settled by his father on the Domaine (owner of Château Fleur-Cardinal). But it was hardly a gift, as an enormous amount of work was required. The vineyards and cellars were in terrible shape and the wines needed a great deal of improvement. Stéphane worked hard, and after three vintages his wines started winning awards.In a few more years he was considered a star of Entre-Deux-Mers. In 1997 he was once again seduced by the spirit of adventure. He sold the property to the négociant Bernard & Meneret, and left to try his luck in California (his new winery is called L'Aventure).
Bernard & Meneret, long-time fans of Asseo's talents, remain just as committed to the domaine and its standards of excellence. The wines are as elegant, deep and aromatically refined as they ever were.
Domaine de Courteillac