Like so many ch?teaux in Bordeaux, Ch?teau du Champ des Treilles is a family affair. It began in the 1920s, when the grandparents of current owner, Jean-Michel Comme, immigrated to France from Italy. The family vineyard kept them together through wars and natural disasters, as it does today.
In 1998 Jean-Michel and his wife, Corinne, took over the vineyards and replanted the first organic vineyard in the tiny appellation of Sainte-Foy, just a few miles from the most famous appellation in Bordeaux, Pauillac.
Jean-Michel had worked at Pontet-Canet, one of the best ch?teaux in Pauillac, and was ready to make his mark. He has done so in a monumental way for both his wines and the Sainte-Foy appellation.
Although the ch?teau is close to Pauillac, where Cabernet Sauvignon dominates, its soil and climate is more akin to the Right Bank of Bordeaux, where Merlot and Cabernet Franc reign.
Our selection is 63% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. But, it is not the grape makeup that is the star here; it is the soil and the people. The soil is worked by hand instead of by tractor, so as not to introduce any emissions into the vineyard. How much of a difference that makes is unknown, but, with results like this, why argue the methods?
The results are perfection in the glass. From the soft scent of roses to the final extraction of the finish, it is all Bordeaux.