THE HISTORY OF CHÂTEAU CLARISSE

Driven by the passion for wine and the taste for challenge, Olivia and Didier Le Calvez have been signing their own wine since 2010 in one of the most illustrious regions of the Bordeaux constellation, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Saint-Emilionnais.

After several years of research started in 2007, the dream of Olivia and Didier took the form of an authentic Girondine stone stuffed in the green landscape and all in gentle curves of the right bank. This old winery with magnificent wine cellars, which for more than a century has been in the hands of the Estager family, is surrounded by a beautiful vineyard (perched at 89 meters) on the plateau of Puisseguin, one Of the four “satellite” villages of Saint-Emilion. Only a humble brook, the Barbanne, a sub-tributary of the Dordogne, separates them from the illustrious strong city.

“After two years of research, we had a real favorite for a vineyard property combining ideal terroir and climate, combined with a perfect vineyard, 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. To develop a wine as I imagined it, rich in perfume and subtle “.

Stéphane Derenoncourt, the great winemaker on the right bank, has joined this family project to bring all the elegance, harmony and sensitivity sought for this new canguin-saint-émilion to the feminine.

Thus was born Château CLARISSE, the name of their daughter (who was three years old at the birth of the first bottle, in 2010), to write a beautiful family story…

Biodiversité de Château Clarisse
Une équipe passionnée

Terroir

The Château Clarisse property stretches over 15.5 hectares (38 acres, or 13 126 square feet) of clay-limestone and clay-siliceous soil. The vineyard is made up of 80 % Merlots and 20 % Cabernet Francs.

The vineyard is situated on a high plateau, at 80 meters altitude.

The average age of the vines for our classic vintage is 25 to 30 years.

Our ‘vieilles vignes’ vintage is made from vines averaging 65 years old.

Biodiversity

Against the backdrop of the efforts made since 2010 to implement a more environmentally respectful viticulture and, more particularly, the discontinuation of the use of herbicides, Chateau Clarisse has been committed since 2016 to an approach based on a changeover to organic farming.

The use of raw materials of natural origin and the specific care provided for the soils of the estate allow for an improvement of the life of the soils, ensure the sustainability of the vine and favor the balance of the natural ecosystem. Special attention is attached to the preservation of biodiversity. The grassing of the vine, the headlands and the maintenance of wooded areas represent reservoirs for the auxiliary species of the vine.

Terroir de Château Clarisse
Château Clarisse