Chateau Rousselle (France)
Located at only a few hundreds of meters from Gironde Estuary, among the hills which line the right bank between Blaye and Bourg, Ch'teau Rousselle invites you in the country of Bordeaux Wine's childhood.
After having given back its nobility to the house of Rousselle, Vincent Lemaitre keeps working relentlessly to produce the wine he dreamt to find while he was an amateur: a great Bordeaux wine with an affordable price.
Viticulture would date back to the 1st century on the right bank of Gironde Estuary. The records attest that in the 12th century, the Bourg wine region already extended until the districts of Saint Ciers de Canesse and Villeneuve, so there is no doubt that vine growing on the lands known as Rousselle existed several centuries before the noble house was built.
About the noble house of Rousselle, its first owner seemed to be My Lord Jean de Tortaty, chevalier in the 17th century. At that time, the district of Saint Ciers de Canesse (village where Rousselle is settled) used to count only three noble houses, including Rousselle. During the renovation of the house in 2000, the date 1636 has been found engraved over the lintel of the back door. It is necessary to precise that the house, such as it looks now, reveals it has been erected in two distinct and successive periods. The back of the building is clearly the oldest, from 17th century style, while the front looks like a typical mansion of the 19th century. This architectural "assembly" must be the consequence of renovation, extension or modernization work, undertaken during the 19th century.
About the viticultural production of Chateau Rousselle, its wine was classified from 1868 as First Bourgeois, which was the highest level of classification of the AOC. During the 19th century, Chateau Rousselle became a pilot vineyard to experiment its cellar's modernization. However, the vines of Rousselle have not been spared by the phylloxera crisis, which reached the area around 1875.
During the 20th century, Chateau Rousselle has been owned by several families.
The vineyard belongs to the Lemaitre family since 1999. After searching everywhere in France, for more than two years, a vineyard with precise criterions - such as very good terroir, old vines and buildings, all in one piece property - Vincent Lemaitre felt in love with Chateau Rousselle, despite it was in a pitiful state. But in less than five years, Vincent led all the renovation works of the cellar and the house, he changed entirely the way to take care of the vines and learnt how to make his own wine with the help of an oenologist. And today, thanks to Vincent, Chateau Rousselle recovered its esthetical and gustative nobility.
Please visit the winery website at www.chateaurousselle.com