Château Poitevin, France
One of only five Châteaux that were selected for the 2003 Cru Bourgeois re-classification, they have been working towards being more environmentally friendly, practicing 'lutte raisonnée, which is certified by Terra Vitis as well as achieveing Level 3 HVE High Environmental Value (HVE) certification.
Back in 1950 René Poitevin was running the village bakery in the small village of Jau-Dignac-Loirac, in the north Médoc when he started cultivating just 2 ha of vines. Today, with 40 hectares the family focus on producing affordable top quality wines which reflect their distinctive terroir. Soils are predominantly gravel, combined with sands and clay sub-layers, into which the vines sink their deep root systems. Adopting lutte raisonnée, literally meaning 'reasoned struggle', they aim to minimize the application of chemicals in the vineyards and work in a way that is as sympathetic to the environment as possible.
Combining the best of traditional winemaking techniques and technological innovation, after a cold pre-fermentation maceration, the young wine will remain for about 3 weeks in the temperature controlled vats, with daily pumping over and punching-down of the cap to reach optimal extraction. In December, the juice is seperated from the skins and malo-lactic fermentation takes place to round out the acidity. This helps the wine to gain roundness, smoothness and precision. The wine is then transferred into 225l French oak barrels for 14 months, enhancing the structure and complexity of the wine.
- Family run, since 1991 it has been under the guidance of Guillaume Poitevin.
- Practicing 'lutte raisonnee' and certified by Terra Vitis since 2015, in 2018 ithey achieved level 3 High Environmental Value (HVE) certification.
- Their philosophy is to produce wines with a true signature, a balance between modernity and respect for traditions at an accessible price.