Stéphane Derenoncourt

« It was in 2008 that Olivia and Didier le Calvez approached me and briefed me about their investment project in a Bordeaux vineyard. The message was already very clear: find above all a place able to produce fine wines with a strong identity. After several unsuccessful visits to estates on sale, we agreed to start on a limestone plateau, near Saint Emilion, with this project of Chateau Clarisse, named after the first name of their daughter, and a symbol of family commitment. Luckily, some additional plots became available and allowed us to reach the current size. Driven by passion and in the light of the unbelievable quality results over the years thanks to precise viticulture and soil management aimed at reinforcing the rooting and hence the calcareous identity of the wines, the Estate complies with organic viticulture and has a bright future. »


Practicing all activities of winemaking in the vineyard since the age of 19, Stéphane Derenoncourt became Cellar manager of Château Pavie-Macquin, while consulting for other vinyards.

“My production philosophy places importance on strong local identity.  It is essential to tailor the production method to the values and resources of  the owner of the vineyard and to work closely with his team to develop that method.  My motto? : To make the wine I like to drink – elegant, balanced, and respectful of the fruit.”

The renown of Stéphane Derenoncourt demonstrates clearly that there is no need to be born a winemaker, or have specialized qualifications to do this job with talent. Stéphane’s well-known excellence is born of his passion and diligence.

Stéphane Derenoncourt has assembled a team of eight consultants, formally trained in the last decade. These consultants perform audits for vinyards and chateaux worldwide. Their assignments entail a preliminary and final ‘health check‘ of the soil and fields. The consultants asses and advise on risk-taking, providing reassuring recommendations to the property owners.

For Château Clarisse, consultant Romain Bocchio works hand in hand with the employees to defend the values of our company : keep a curious, focused mind ; observe and experiment ; update winemaking methods while preserving utmost respect for the soil, the vines, the grapes and the wine.


Stéphane Derenoncourt, Olivia et Didier Le Calvez
Stéphane Derenoncourt, Olivia et Didier Le Calvez


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