Le Clos du Notaire is 'the lawyer's vineyard' (Maître Coutin was the notaire in Jonzac for whom the property is named) on a great hillside site, overlooking the confluence of the Gironde and the Garonne.
Recognised in the 19th century as a fine property, the estate was taken on by Roland and Sylvette Charbonnier in 1974. They adopted a sustainable approach to their viticulture, refusing to use insecticides and encouraging species such as the ladybird to prey on pests instead. In 2015 the property was bought by a couple, Amélie Osmond and Victor Mischler, both of whom have the same philosophy: to let the terroir express itself unhindered and to respect the environment.
The vines, some of which were planted in the mid-1950s and which average 30 years of age, are merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon spread over 21 hectares of gravelly clay-limestone. After harvesting plot by plot the grapes are sorted, de-stemmed and fermented in temperature-controlled vats. The wine then spends time in oak, about 15% new in the case of the Clos du Notaire cuvée and 50% new for the Notaris Grande Cuvée for 18 months.