The château is located in in Soussac in the east part of the rolling slopes of Entre-deux-Mers, between the Gironde and Dordogne rivers. Catherine and Jean-Marc Jolivet (fourth generation owners) who took over the estate in the early ’80s, and their 63ha property face a difficult challenge in their pursuit of artisanal wines given the enormous pressures in Bordeaux to sell maximum quantities at a low price. Against the odds, they remain dedicated to creating quality rather than industrial wine despite the higher costs associated with boutique wine-making. All aspects of production, including the bottling, are done on-site in order to ensure quality while keeping costs down. Additionally, they’ve increased the foliage and density in the vineyards to create more concentrated grapes.
Chateau La Coudraie Bordeaux is 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, made with sustainably farmed grapes from 25 year old vines, growing at high altitude, on south-facing slopes in clay and limestone soils. The grapes are harvested parcel by parcel, and aged for 12 months in tank.