Domaine de Courteillac is situated southeast of Saint-Émilion, close to the Dordogne River, and enjoys one of the highest elevations in the Entre-Deux-Mers region. Classified as a Bordeaux Supérieur, Domaine de Courteillac was purchased in 1998 by the well-known Bordeaux wine merchant Dominique Méneret, a partner in the négociant company Ballande & Méneret. Dominique takes great pleasure from making the wines at Courteillac with the help of renowned consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt. Today, Domaine de Courteillac stands high above the standard of other Bordeaux Supérieur wines and can be compared in quality to wine from more noble appellations in the region.
Location of Vineyard
Courteillac is located in the commune of Ruch, just south of the village of Castillon-la-Bataille. The soil is a natural extension of the Saint-Émilion plateau: limestone and clay over limestone subsoil. Of the 124 acres (50 hectares) that make up the estate, approximately 70 acres (28 hectares) are planted with 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vines are an average age of 25 years old and are planted at a density of 2,025 vines per acre (5,000 vines/ha). Throughout the year from pruning to harvest, the Courteillac team tends to the vines with great care, leaving nothing to chance.
After harvesting, under theguidance of winemaker Stéphane Dubesse, the grapes are transferred into vats of different sizes to allow for various parcels and individual varieties to be vinified separately. Maceration does not extend beyond three weeks in order to avoid overextraction. Depending on the vintage and the progress of the fermentation, there are four to five pump-overs per day. The wines are aged for approximately 14 to 16 months in 25% new, 50% one-year old oak barrels, and the balance in concrete vats.