Vignobles Marcel Petit is an SCEA (civil agricultural company) created in 1986 by Marcel Petit with the purchase of Château Pillebois in the Castillon Côtes-de-Bordeaux appellation.
The domaine expanded in 1988 with the acquisition of Château Franc Lartigue and Château Grande Rouchonne, both situated in the Saint-Emilion appellation. Vignobles Marcel Petit also became a member of the “Vignerons Indépendants de France” in the same year.
Marcel Petit retired in 1997, entrusting his vineyards to his daughter, Elisabeth, and son-in-law, Jean-Pierre Toxé. The domaine currently covers 22 hectares of vineyards in Saint-Emilion and Castillon.
The domaine has continued to develop and improve over the last 30 years. With two generations of winemaking expertise, and thanks to our collaboration with viticultural specialists, we are able to get the very best from our terroir.
We constantly strive to improve our techniques and the quality of our wines whilst continuing to respect our ancestors' winemaking traditions.
We have been working in an environmentally-friendly manner for several years now.
In 2011, we joined the SME association (Environmental Management System), which is ISO 14001 certified and specializes in environmental and biodiversity management. It demands the reduction in phytosanitary products and herbicides, the use of waste recovery systems, and zero impact from cellar effluents and phytosanitary product residues.
In 2013, we obtained the HVE 3 certification (High Environmental Value level 3). This is the highest of three levels and attests to our commitment to a balanced, environmentally-friendly approach and the biodiversity of our domaine.
Vinification is managed by Jean-Pierre Toxé in close collaboration with the oenological laboratory, Oenoteam, and acclaimed oenologist, Stéphane Toutoundji.
All of our Saint-Emilion grands crus and Castillon Côtes-de-Bordeaux grapes are sorted by hand to ensure that we vinify only the highest quality fruit.
Our well-equipped cellars allow us to monitor the vinification and ageing processes with precision.
We replace 30% of our barrels every year in order to obtain subtle and delicate aromas in each of our vintages.
We then bottle our wines, here at the domaine.