At the heart of Fronsac A.O.C.
It takes no effort to understand why prestigious names such as Michel Rolland, Jean-Luc Thunevin or Jean-Pierre Moueix decided to set foot in this magnificent region to produce great wines, when you become aware of the natural assets borne by the terroir of the Fronsac appellation.
Situated next to prestigious appellations such a Pomerol and Saint Emilion, the Fronsac « Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée » is spread across soils composed of clays and limestone. In fact, a special type of starfish limestone predominates on hillocks and plateaux whilst molasses, tendre rocks with a limestone plateau, compose the slopes and valleys.
The typicity of this terroir, which is a reminder of the one on the Saint Emilion plateau, is emphasised by the diversity of a rugged landscape. The two rivers, the Dordogne and the Isle form a protection for the vineyards against spring frosts and the presence of strawberry trees and holm oak trees bears witness to this privileged climate.
This wonderful mountainous landscape has earned this area the nickname of « little Tuscany in Bordeaux».
Charlemagne's little valley
Located in “Charlemagne’s little valley”, the vineyards of La Vieille Croix have an average age of 40 years and are composed at 80% with merlot and 20% with cabernet franc varieties.
With a surface area of 13 ha, the estate remains on a human scale with manual cultivation and harvesting techniques along the lines of « grands crus » tradition as is any work carried out on the vines (destemming, sorting, harvesting…).