Château de Brousse is located in the heart of the Castillon – Côtes de Bordeaux (formerly Côtes de Castillon) appellation, which is the eastward extension of St-Emilion. Indeed, the wines were known as St-Emilionnais up until the early 20th century. The rolling hills of the Côtes de Castillon share the same limestone-clay soils as St-Emilion. The commune of Belves de Castillion, where Château De Brousse is situated, has the finest soils and south-facing exposition of the commune, ideal for the production of generous, full bodied, Merlot-based Bordeaux wines.
Château de Brousse is a very old cru which was reinvigorated in the mid-1980s by then manager Mark Dworkin of Château Larmande and Michel Rolland. They restructured the vineyard and improved the winemaking by installing temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for fermentation and aging in order to accentuate the wine’s fruit. It was bought in 1989 by Dominique Bessineau, an industrialist from the north of France with a passion for wine and the Bordelais vineyards. Today, renowned oenologist Stephane Derenoncourt consults on the winemaking with cellar-master Jean-François Lalle.
Farming practices: Château de Brousse will be certified HVE (Haute Valeur Environmentale) in 2019.