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Château Les Croisille

Château Les Croisille

Cahors, Frnace

Château Les Croisille


COUNTRY

France

REGION

South West

sub Region

Cahors



Climate

Continental

WineMaker

Germain, Simon, Nicolas

FARMING PractICes

Organic

WEBSITE / SOCIAL

http://www.lescroisille.com/en/

The Cahors appellation (AOC – Cahors) is located equidistantly from the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees Mountains. It is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic appellations in Southwest France. The winegrowing region stretches over 4,000 ha of silica-rich terraces, limestone slopes and plateaus which run along the Lot River.

The History

In 1979 Bernard and Cécile Croisille moved to the countryside surrounding the tiny town of Luzech. He and his wife decided to lease a parcel of land that had been left untouched for years. With much determination, the couple brought that land back to life. They patiently awaited the first harvest, as the fruits of their labour would not come to fruition for several years. Finally, in 1984 their first crop of fruit was sold to the Parnac winemaking co-operative. Though growing grapes scratched their agrarian itch, the young couple was still unsatisfied and set to work learning about winemaking. After years of work and study working with a neighbour, in 1994 they finally made their own wine from the vines they’d spent 10 years lovingly cultivating.


Their journey didn’t end here, however. Another decade later in 2004 their lease on the land that they’d planted ended and they were faced with the decision to purchase the land or to walk away entirely. Unable and unwilling to say goodbye to the land that they’d come to know and love, but without the financial means to purchase, the couple’s family, friends and even customers donated money to help Bernard and Cécile finally realize their dream.


Bernard and Cécile have since been joined on their venture by their sons and their Son’s childhood friend.


The Philosophy

The French term terroir is defined as a global consideration of the soil and environmental conditions affecting and contributing to the unique characteristics of a specific area and in turn to the crops grown there. Château Les Croisille’s ambition is to let this reanimated soil and the terroir express themselves in their wines


The old adage ‘wine is made in the vineyard’ is the cornerstone idea of Château Les Croisille’s winemaking philosophy. They implemented Organic viticulture in the vineyard in the mid-2000s and year after year continue to place their methods under careful scrutiny.


In the Cahors region, the grape harvests are traditionally collected using machines. However the Croisille family prefers to harvest the grapes by hand. The grapes are then separated according to their terroir, each undergoing a unique vinification process.


This routine has led the style of wine produced by the Château Les Croisille to change. Today, it creates wines that are fine, lightly extracted and aged in concrete vats as well as large wooden vats and demi-barriques.


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