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Our Vineyard

The Vignerons de Tutiac’s vines are spread across the north of the Gironde, in the appellations of Bordeaux, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux & Côtes de Bourg,
Ideally located along the Gironde Estuary, our vines profit from our oceanic climate, with on average 240 days of sunshine per year.

carte appellation vin bordeaux civbSource: CIVB

The Romans were the first to identify the full potential of this area just north of Bordeaux. Taking advantage of the Gironde’s maritime transport, they decided to plant vineyards and produce wine in the area around the town of Blaye, long before vines were planted in the well-known Médoc.
Later, during Louis XIV reign, the sun king decided to use Blaye’s strategic position and had the citadel built, designed by Vauban. It is part of a three-way defence system called the Vérou de Vauban (Vauban’s lock), now classed UNESCO world heritage. However, this new more military vocation lead to many battles, and strongly affected the development of the regions viticulture.

 citadelle de blaye

Citdelle de Blaye

 

After these troubled times, the newfound calm enabled Blaye’s vineyard to test new ways of winegrowing, optimized cultivation methods and innovative winemaking processes, thus contributing to the revival of the wine world.
However, after this prosperous period, came the phylloxera plague, that ravaged a large part of French and European vineyards, including Blaye. In 1853 the harvest was the equivalent of 10% of a normal harvest. It took until 1860 for the vineyard to regain its normal activity.

Since then, our winegrowers stayed faithful to their ancestors by continuing to develop and improve our regions wines!

 

We now have various grape varieties that contribute to our vineyards treasure, including:

  • Merlot : This red variety is the most cultivated in France and represents 70% of our vineyards. It produces round, full-bodied wines, with rich colour and smooth tannins.
  • Cabernet-Sauvignon : This red grape variety came from a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon. It provides strong red wines with character that are very tannic and have a wide aromatic complexity.
  • Malbec : This red grape variety originated in the south west of France and is particularly present in the Côtes de Bourg appellation. It enjoys the areas deep red clay and clay- limestone soils. It provides full-bodied wines with smooth and silky tannins.
  • Petit-Verdot : This red grape variety originated in the south west of France and is particularly present in the Côtes de Bourg appellation. It enjoys the areas deep red clay and clay- limestone soils. It provides full-bodied wines with smooth and silky tannins.
  • Sauvignon : This white grape variety is well known for its ability to provide elegant and aromatic wines, which are lively, well balanced and very characteristic.

 

The unique landscape of the region and the diversity of its soils enable us to provide different and specific wine profiles. The type of soil affects the vine and the quality of each harvest by directly influencing its strength, precocity and hence the organoleptic quality and its tannins.

A Terroir is: 

  • Human EXPERTISE
  • A CLIMAT
  • A SOIL

Since 2003, Les Vignerons de Tutiac have undertaken a long and important study of all our soils, enabling us to elaborate a detailed map of every plot and to categorize them by Primary Terroir Reference Unit (Unité de Terroir de Base). This very detailed research allows us to define groups of uniform soil structures and then produce very specific cuvées that express the typicality of our vineyards terroirs.

Our wines are the result of our expertise and the diversity of our terroirs.

Les Vignerons de Tutiac’s vineyards spread accros the appellations of Bordeaux, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux and Côtes de Bourg. Over the years and generations of winegrowers, we have become true experts of our Terroirs. We take extreme care of each plot of our vines, enabling us to produce year after year, vintage after vintage, enjoyable and unique wines.

Contact us

  • Les Vignerons de Tutiac
    La Cafourche
    33860 Marcillac

  • (+33) 5 57 32 48 33

  • From Monday to Saturday :
    09:00 – 12:30
    14:00 – 18:30