The historic Château Croix Figeac, which became Château Pierre 1er in 2014, is a tribute to the owner’s father Pierre Dutruilh. Only the name and the label have changed. Thanks to the family meticulous work, the wine has gained in quality and fame. This is one of our gem! On the old village of Saint-Emilion, on the edge of the Pomerol appellation area, Château Pierre 1er aligns 11 hectares of vineyards in one piece. The Château is a family property since 1984.
Terroir & Vinification
Facing south on the privileged land of “brown sands on graves”, the vineyard, with the large number of feet per hectare and an average age of 34 years, generates a high quality of wine at early maturity . The grape varieties are 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Harvesting is manual and is done in crates and great care is brought to the vineyard, thanks to a careful selection of vintages.
Two more vibrating sorting tables, separated by a destemmer for a double selection of ripe beans without plant debris. All these operations are performed without pumping, gravitation or elevators. Fermentation (preceded by half the harvest of a cold maceration) takes place in thermoregulated vats for 27 to 35 days. The malolactic fermentation takes place in new barrels for 50% of the harvest. Then, the aging is done in new barrels and barrels of 1 year old. The duration of the breeding varies according to the batches, from 12 to 16 months with temporary aging on lees.
At the tasting, Pierre 1er offers a fruity and rich wine, typical of Saint Emilion by its composition. We appreciate its roundness and length in the mouth, for a wine that can be completed after a few years in the cellar.
- Operators: Ch. And P. DUTRUILH
- Owner : Jean DUTRUILH
- Oenologist advisers : Michel Rolland & Julien Viaud