Bérgerac - Monbazillac SUD-OVEST Francia
47 ha Sauvignon, Chenin, Muscadelle, Sémillon, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon...
Annual production of bottles: 180.000
A hundred kilometers east of Bordeaux, the city of Bergerac is situated on the banks of the Dordogne flowing snaking through the limestone valleys in a wide floodplain. Vineyards of Bergerac, beyond the plain, are essentially positioned in the surrounding hills spanning an area of 40 km from east to west and 30 km in north-south direction. About 100 km of distance from the Atlantic, Bergerac region has a mild and humid oceanic climate with continental influences that mitigate the effects of exposure. The multiple geological substrates lead to a large variety of soils. On these "terroirs" unfold the different "appellations" of the region with their diversity and typicality. Monbazillac is the most famous appellation of the region, where sweet wines using grape varieties sémillon are produced. The microclimate, thanks to the mist that will dissipate slowly, allows the development of the "noble rot" and a high concentration of sugars in the grapes. These conditions allow the production of a wine with a golden yellow color, with aroma of honey, candied fruit, full and long in the mouth that more can be stored for long.
The fifth generation of vine growers, Christian Roche inherits a part of the property in 1984 and five years later he decided to start making wine on its own. After years of experimentation and study, he take the decisive choice to orient agriculture bio. Today Domaine l'Ancienne Cure has 47 hectares of land with a high prevalence of white grapes (32 hectares).