Château Mareil

In 1997 Marie-Françoise Brun and her husband Jean-Denis decided that the ending of their contract to supply grapes to the local cooperative at Ordonnac was the perfect opportunity to make a break with the past and begin, instead, to make wine for themselves.

Marie-Françoise has a family history of winemaking that goes back some 400 years and during its long history had often been passed from mother to daughter so it was entirely natural that she should take control.

They own 26 hectares of vines close to the Abbé d l’Isle, on chalky clay soil planted with 57% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot and 7% cabernet franc. Though the grapes are harvested by machine they are sorted on arrival at the winery to ensure that only healthy, sound fruit reaches the temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Once made the wine spends between 8 and 12 months in oak barrels and vats in a winemaking and storage facility that Marie-Françoise had built since taking over.