North of Bordeaux, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde Estuary, lies the Médoc Peninsula. On the left bank, the “road of the river” runs along the famous vine estates of Margaux, Saint-Julien Beychevelle, Moulis-en-Médoc, Listrac-Médoc, Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe. If you drive a little further north, you will discover the vineyards of the AOC MEDOC appellation, including the Vignobles Poitevin.
Nestled in the heart of the village of Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac, not far from the estuary and the “Phare de Richard” Lighthouse, the main building is a 18th century house, which has been completely refurbished to preserve the architectural heritage. Behind the gate of the wine estate, you will discover a symbiotic mix between stone buildings and contemporary and luminous office space. The tasting room was designed to highlight the J. VOISIN bread oven, preserved in its original state since the 1920s. Here, the authentic Medoc white stones blend perfectly with the sleek design of a modern and practical tasting area.
TERROIR AND VINES
Around the village of Jau-Dignac-Loirac, we cultivate 100 acres of vines that benefit from a mild climate, protected from extreme conditions. The majority of our 46 vine plots are dedicated to the production of red grapes. The grape varieties planted are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. A small area of the vineyard is also planted with white grape varieties; Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
On gravely soils, combined with sands and clay sub-layers, the vines plunge their roots deep into the arid soil. We comply with the sustainable techniques of culture and management of the vineyard, to respect the environment as much as possible; a mix between traditional viticulture and new technologies when they bring a quality benefit.
We believe that great wines are a result of place, season and know-how. They are said to reflect the place where we produce them, in the north of the Médoc and are fundamentally an agricultural endeavour. Our most important decisions are taken on the fields, in the vineyards. That’s why the members of our team work together with a common goal: to extract the full potential of our vineyards, to produce 5 wines with distinct personalities; the Château Poitevin, the Château Poitevin White, the Château Moulin de Canhaut, Lamothe Pontac and our micro-cuvee INSULA Amphora.
- 100 acres – 41 hectares
- Limestone and gravels, on clay subsoils
- Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
- Sustainable Management Certification
- TERRA VITIS
The history of
Establishment of the château poitevin
In the early 1950s, although he was already running the village’s Bakery, René POITEVIN started cultivating a small 2-hectares plot of vines, in parallel to his production of cereals and vegetables. Following the path of his father, Georges took over the farm and cultivated the vineyards with passion. They were both selling their harvest to the local cooperative cellar.
The new project
In 1991, after a theoretical and practical training in winemaking and oenology in Bordeaux, Guillaume POITEVIN decides to follow the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He starts a new project, builds his own winery and increases the surface of the vineyard until reaching 100 acres (41 hectares) of vines. Driven by passion and determination, he produces several wines, among which the Château Poitevin. His philosophy is to produce wines with a real signature, a balance between modernity and respect for tradition.
Together with his wife Natacha, his small team of winegrowers, and his oenologist Antoine MEDEVILLE, he strives to gain a reputation at national and international level through a strict regularity in work and quality management.
A strong link with the alliance of the crus bourgeois du médoc
Deeply involved in a process of enhancing and promoting the quality Bordeaux wines, the Vignobles Poitevin joined the Crus Bourgeois Médoc in 2003.
Over the years, the wines of the Vignobles Poitevin have earned recognition for being affordable top quality wines. Every year, they win prizes and medals in worldwide wine competitions, and many press releases highlight the commitment of Guillaume POITEVIN to the promotion of the profession of winemaker.
A major award highlighting 20 years of full dedication and perseverance
In 2012, Château Poitevin won the Crus Bourgeois Cup; the accomplishment of a 20-year strong dedication to highlight the quality of wines made in the northern part of Médoc.