16 Mar Wine tasting from Chateau de Rouillac – Bordeaux
A noble estate bequeathed by a King’s Counsel in the 17th century and fashioned by Baron Haussmann
In 2009 when Laurent Cisneros first set eyes on the property, he fell under the charm of this sleeping beauty and decided to link the destiny of his family with that of Rouillac. Already an accomplished businessman, he was on the lookout for a new challenge, new areas to conquer, and Rouillac provided the perfect opportunity of a new project : a generous soil and an exceptional working tool that was crying out to be re-energized. Alongside this professional project, his personal equilibrium is due to that of his family and his passionate enthusiasm for horses. Sophie, his wife, Melanie, Ophelie, and Eugenie, his three daughters, have integrated the château and brought the estate back to life. The stables have recovered horses, which were so dear to Baron Haussmannn ; Agente, Uranie, Risette and the others are here the object of every attention, allowing them to express their character and their personality.
Situated to the south of Bordeaux in the western part of the Pessac-Leognan appellation, the 36-hectare domain has the rare advantage of being in one block. Today there are 23 hectares of red vines and 3 hectares of white in production.
The vines are planted on an exceptional soil of gravel deposited in the tertiary period mixed with pebbles deposited over thousands of years by the Garonne river. The proximity of the Garonne and the ocean guarantees the temperate climate whose mildness and hygrometry are so favourable to the vines.
From spring 2010 on the vineyard has gained almost 10 hectares of new plantations to bring the total under culture to 26 hectares. 23 hectares of red vines are divided between 52% of Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% of Merlot. The 3 hectares of white vines are 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 18% Semillon, and 14% Sauvignon Gris.