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Entre-deux-Mers is a natural region in the great southwest of France located east of Bordeaux and 20km south of Saint Emilion.
Entre-deux-Mers displays a vast diversity of reliefs, exposures and soils (sands, clays, gravels and clay-limestone soils).
Over 7,000 hectares, forming the largest set of Controlled Appellations of Origin in Gironde, both white and red wines are produced.
The climate of the Entre-Deux-Mers vineyard is temperate oceanic. The vineyard is enclosed between two large bodies of water, the Garonne and the Dordogne, as its name suggests. As a result, humidity is very present and reinforced by the presence of other small rivers…
Château Rouquette also owns a few plots of Saint Emilion, a geographical area where its mythical and extremely rare wines have made the worldwide reputation of Saint Emilion and more generally of the Bordeaux vineyard.
The Rouquette estate is one of the oldest castles and vineyards Bordeaux. It is located in the highlands of the Gironde between the Dordogne and the Garonne.
The Château was built in 1346 and since then it has written its history into wine. Destroyed during the siege of the city of Pellegrue during the Hundred Years War, Château Rouquette was rebuilt in 1756. At that time the domain was one of the most important in the region, it extended over more than 1000 hectares. Over time and successions, it has considerably reduced, however it has kept its wine tradition and its authenticity.
Today the extends over more than 82ha of forest and grassland including 48 hectares of vines. Christophe has recently expending the vineyards by adding 4ha plots in Saint Emilion Grand Cru Pontet l’Eglise.
Christophe Widcoq is the owner and winemaker at Château Rouquette.
He is assisted in the winemaking by Julie Bergerat and Olivier Bouilhac, both renowned oenologist. They have been working together for a few years and have improved the quality of the wines.
They all have passion and respect for the environment.
Surrounded by forest, Château Rouquette cares a lot about the wildlife in the vineyards, so Christophe has planted a lot of different trees around the vines, to welcome birds and insects.
Some of his plots are partially grassed and plowing is used to deepen the roots of his vines.
As Christophe likes to say: a man who knows how to taste wine never drinks again but tastes its secrets.