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Bordeaux is and always will be the cornerstone of great wine

This historic place traces its origins back as far as King Richard the Lion Heart who ordered its construction in 1196 in the commune of Loupiac. The castle sits south of the village on a plateau overlooking the Garonne River, one of the lifebloods of Bordeaux’s vast wine region.

Château du Cros was originally owned by English lords, but later passed on to the French. The wine château dates from the 18th Century and, in 1921, came into the possession of the family of Francois Thevenot. Today, Thevenot’s great grandson, Michel Boyer operates the property for the family. It is the most important vineyard in the commune of Loupiac, and is internationally known for its marvelous white wines. It occupies some 222 acres of vineyards, quite large for a Bordeaux property.

Château Mayne du Cros, the property where this month's International Wine Club selection is from, is a nearly 25-acre vineyard located in the commune of Cerons. It is directly in the heart of the Graves appellation and is a part of the Château du Cros family of wines. From the castle, a near perfect view of the City of Bordeaux is available to the South.

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Julien Noel - Winemaker

Picture of Julien Noel - Winemaker

Julien Noel is a pleasant young winemaker who handles all the winemaking chores for the Château du Cros family of wines. He graduated in winemaking/winegrowing from the highly respected School of Château La Tour Blanche in Sauternes.

Noel also has a bachelor’s degree in wine business and marketing from the Bordeaux International Wine Institute, INSEEC, in the City of Bordeaux. Prior to joining Château du Cros, he worked for two years as an assistant winemaker in Bordeaux and went abroad for a year where he held the position of a retail store manager in New Zealand.

Bordeaux, France

Picture of Bordeaux, France

Overall, the nautical influence of the Gironde River and its two tributaries, the Garonne and the Dordogne, make Bordeaux a naturally brilliant place to grow grape vines. The weather also cooperates a great deal of the time and there are actually a large number of top growing years compared to the rest of France.

The terroir on Bordeaux’s right bank (or Libournais as the French call it) which Château La Tour du Pin Figeac and Domaine du Vieux Manoir sit is considered better suited for the earlier-ripening varieties of Cabernet Franc and Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil here is similar to that of its neighbors, though not quite as gravelly, yielding robust wines.

The actual acreage of Château du Cros (Graves) constitutes a unit of 220 acres overlapping the communes of Loupiac and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont. South of the City of Bordeaux, the lime-clay soils cover a bed-rock of coarse limestone as the banks of fossilized oysters reveal. The limestone base is near perfect for vineyards and is common throughout most of the Graves Appellation. The chief grape here is sauvignon blanc, mainstay of white Bordeaux.