Restoring a sense of nobility to the domain.
This estate is, above all, a family affair.
Ownership of the château has been passed down through eight generations of women, since the mid 19th century when Marie Dubreiul first opened the vineyard. The initials D and M carved onto the front of the château pay tribute to this characterful, talented woman, who designed the building herself.
The domain gets its name from the magnificent cross, situated on the property. Research into the cross found that it dates back to between the 18th and 19th century and was originally a ‘mission cross’ for the Saint Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage.
Fronsac – a bet on the future.
This family affair continued until 2015, when the owners decided to sell the domain. At this point they naturally turned to Jean-Pierre Derouet and Emmanuel Bouvet – a duo with whom they’d had a strong connection for at least 10 years, since they’d begun selling their wine. On buying the domain, the pair were already aware of Fronsac’s potential, and of the great wine yet to come.
“It was by selling their wines, some remarkable, some even brilliant, that I knew that in reaching its potential, La Vieille Croix could make some very fine wine indeed”