Ensuring exceptional quality

Like his father, who dedicated his career to the love of the Merlot grape, Benoit Trocard painstakingly selected terroir that would allow the royal grape varietal of Bordeaux’s right bank to fully express its freshness and crispness. The vineyard of Clos Dubreuil comprises a variety of different grape types: 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This third varietal, which is unusual for Saint Emilion, is a bold choice that brings added complexity and contributes to the exceptional quality of Clos Dubreuil.

Over the past 10 years the vineyard’s surface area has increased from 0.45 to 6.2 hectares. It has thus grown in diversity, gaining a variety of different plots whose only common characteristic is excellence. Every plot receives remarkable attention and is carefully and precisely managed by hand throughout the year (pruning, shoot and bud removal, leaf pulling, training, green harvesting and harvesting).

Naturally, in keeping with our incredible respect for the vines and their fruit, no mechanical work is undertaken at the winery during the vinification of each vintage. Working on a plot-by-plot basis in the vines and at the winery enables us to attain a broad palette of flavours. Each lot is allowed to age separately for 12 months before a decision is made as to the final Clos Dubreuil blend. After this, the wine undergoes another year of ageing in 100% new French oak barrels. The precision of plot-by-plot work guarantees that the very finest possible wine is attained each and every year, since the vines are treated in the best manner possible. Clos Dubreuil has an opulent style that captivates with its elegant expression of fresh fruit.