This estate is situated in the Saint-Emilion commune and produces our red Château Franc Lartigue, as well as our Embellie wine, both from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation.
The soil is composed of sand and gravel, ploughing is carried out on every other vine row and the remaining rows are grassed. All fertilizers are made from natural organic matter with low nitrogen levels and high humus content.
The vineyards are very old with most vines being at least 60 years old. The majority of work in the vineyards is carried out exclusively by hand including disbudding, leaf stripping and green harvesting. Average production levels are around 42hl to 45hl per hectare.
The wines are aged in oak barrels for a period of 12 months before being blended and clarified in vats.
Situated south of Saint-Emilion, Château Grande Rouchonne was built in 1880 and has been making wine ever since. The property houses the vinification and ageing cellars for our two Saint-Emilion Grand Cru wines: Château Franc Lartigue and Château Grande Rouchonne. The cellars were renovated and enlarged in 2000 and boast modern technical facilities.
All our wines are subject to computerized monitoring and tracking from the harvest through to sale. Our Grande Rouchonne is sold exclusively to a French distribution Group.
Château Pillebois, located in Saint-Magne-de-Castillon is our Company’s headquarters. Our two Castillon Côtes-de-Bordeaux wines are produced here: Château Pillebois Tradition and Château Pillebois Vieilles Vignes.
The soil is composed of sand and gravel and the vines are planted at 1.5m and 2m intervals.
The wines are vinified and aged in the domain’s traditional concrete vat house. A proportion of the production is used for our ”vieilles vignes” (old vines) wine, which is barrel-aged and made from low yields of 40hl/ha. The remaining production is used for our ”tradition” wine.
All of the harvested grapes are sorted by hand, as is the case for our Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.