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- St Emilion (ZIP Code 33330)
- Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
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Ducasse's history dates back to Larcis eighteenth century documents of 1777 we reported the existence of the property, and also clearly indicate that he had wine on the farm. The wines were purchased by businessman Pierre Beylot Libourne, in the same family that established Chateau Peyraud. During the nineteenth century the estate was divided in two, but later reunited a few years later. The property formed a reputation for fine wines, winning a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1867, at which time he was in family hands Ducasse.
In a few decades the property was taken over by Ducasse, reaching Hanri Raba in 1893. He and later his wife and his son Andre, who took charge of the estate after the death of Raba in 1925.
During World War II André died without an heir, and therefore ownership of the property passed to a niece, Hélène Gratiot Alphandéry in 1941. With the help of the farm régisseur Roche Pharaon remained until 1990, when his own son, Jacques Olivier Gratiot, took the reins.Today the property remains in family ownership Alphandéry Gratiot, as evidenced by the label, but since 2002 has been under the direction of Nicolas Thienpont, Pavie-Macquin and many other wineries, with the help of Stéphane Derenoncourt and Julien Lavenu.
The vineyard is located southeast of St Emilion, Chateau Pavie east (these slopes are often called the Costa de Pavia), located on the border between the communes of St Emilion and Saint-Laurent-des-Combes. There are 10.8 total acres of vineyards, planted in a wide range of soil types. At the bottom of the slope towards the Dordogne, the soils are naturally rich in alluvial deposits of sand with some clay and plaster. Up the hill, there is a greater predominance of clay and limestone, chalk soft silt and clay. Towards the top of the slopes, limestone, chalk and slate below.
The vines are 78% Merlot, and the rest 20% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, with a mean age of 35 years, and planted with a density of 7500 plants / ha.
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