Château JEAN L'ARC
The story tells about a young man named Jean, son of a peasant from the Loire. Barely 20 years old, he witnessed an historical event which has not only changed his life but also opened a new page in human history.
July 17th 1453, Castillon, 30 km northeast of Bordeaux. The French army was equipped with artillery, knights, and mainly archers. Thanks to the natural protection of the Dordogne as well as the modern and abundant weapons, the French defeated the English. Castillon's last battle marked the end of the Hundred-Year War and the end of the Middle Ages. France was finally united. The French soldiers crossed the Dordogne. They were welcomed by the local villagers. Jean settled in Lugaignac, where local Lord awarded him with a piece of land.
Located in Entre-Deux-Mers, facing the hillsides of Saint-Émilion, the family vineyard covers nowadays about fifty hectares.
There are three different kinds of terroir in the vineyard:
A clay-limestone profil: a thin layer of clay on a plateau of limestone mother rock that allows a good drainage and a regular water input in summertime.
This is the main soil of the vineyard and is favourable to the good maturing of red grape varieties.
A deep-clay layer: it is colder and richer than the clay-limestone soil, it will release more water to the vines. This terroir is specific to white grape varieties.
A sandy-silty soil: it restores more heat to the vines. Thanks to a good aeration of the soil and a water inflow monitoring, this kind of terroir is perfectly suitable to the production of rosé and fruity, light red wines.
The Grape Varieties
Today, we farm all the great Bordeaux grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for our Bordeaux red wines and rosés; but also grape varieties that are forgotten in Bordeaux such as Malbec, Carmenère and Petit Verdot; Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle four our white wines.
The large diversity of grape varieties allows us to offer more complex wines.
With a total capacity of nearly 4.000 hectolitres, our winemaking and wine ageing facilities in Entre-Deux-Mers have the last equipments for the production of top-quality wines.
All the modern winemaking techniques are applied to all our wines: skin maceration, cold stabilisation, temperature monitoring, ageing on fine lees for our white wines and rosés; cold pre-fermentation maceration, pumping over and stirring, deposit removal and filtering for our red wines.
Our cuvées are aged in oak barrel during 12 to 18 months in the greatest of Bordeaux traditions.