Vitis… la Vigne Vintage… le Millésime
When you enter the world of Vitisvintage, you discover the deep-seated beliefs on which the estate’s activities are based: respect for the particular soil type, the quality of the wine and confidence in a bottle that reflects all the expertise that is to be found in best wines…and in our winegrowers.
Preamble : Maxime Bontoux, founder and owner of VitisVintage
Born in 1969 and father of 4 children, Maxime Bontoux, after having worked as a certified public accountant, worked for the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. Without wasting time, he discovers the spirit of business. Deeply attached to his home country, it was a natural move to finish his international experience in 1998 in order to become a winemaker. He immerses himself into role of working as a winemaker for one of the great Médoc wines to learn all aspects of the winegrowing business. Having built up his experience within a year, he enrols at the Wine Faculty of the University of Bordeaux and in 2000 is awarded a Diploma in Winegrowing. He then decides to follow his passion by buying 3 vineyards, all working under the same Vitisvintage banner.
After 20 years of work and passion, Vitisvintage vintage wines are able to offer you a range of wines which reflect the attributes of the soil.
In 2001, Vitisvintage is born and we decide to tell the story of our vintage wines from two vineyards with different soils, Château Grand Lartigue (5 hectares in Saint Émilion) and Château Tourteau Chollet (54 hectares in Graves).
We decided to develop these 2 estates in two ways :
• Modernising the cellars by building new barrels and storage area
• Restructuring the vineyard by increasing planting, adding new vine varieties and developing biodiversity with hedges and fallow practices.
The effort to develop long-term wine growing practices continues and in 2004 additional land is bought :
• 9 ha at Tourteau Chollet
• 1.5 ha at Grand Lartigue
Since 2005, we have been “Sustainable Agriculture” and “Terra Vitis” certified. Château Tourteau Chollet was the first estate in the Graves area to be certified with the following philosophy: Promoting biodiversity to maintain the wine production ecosystem.
In 2006 & 2007, we continue this approach with the certification of Château Grand Lartigue, and the construction of our own treatment facility for waste products.
In 2008, we seized the opportunity of expanding our company with the purchase of Château Ferrand Lartigue. This magnificent estate is made up of the most beautiful terroir in Saint Émilion
HVE3 = High Environmental Value, Level 3.
Here as well, we will be amongst the first to receive Licence No. 9 nationally.
Malbec had in fact disappeared from the Graves label following the frost of 1956 and was extensively replaced by Merlot. Almost half a century later, Château Tourteau Chollet through its approach to quality and authenticity shows its commitment to renewing traditions in order to create high quality wines.
In 2015, we continue to work with the same passion and commitment to respecting the environment by replanting fruit trees in partnership with the ONF in order to balance our carbon footprint. We ensure that we leave land to fallow with flowers which contributes to maintaining the biotope and the regeneration of the soil.
In 2016, Château Tourteau Chollet starts Sémillon production, giving structure to our white wine and some delicate citrus fruit notes.
In 2017, is a no harvest year: the chaotic climate did not allow the 4 necessary soil elements to join together; topography-pedology-climate-labour. Château Tourteau Chollet in Graves and Château Ferrand Lartigue and Château Grand Lartigue experience the first year without a harvest
Because of our quality commitment, we need to admit defeat when nature does not allow wine production at the expected quality level out of respect for our consumers.
At the same time, Vitisvintage opens its Cottage in the vineyard of the Château Tourteau Chollet, Airial Cottage, fantastic Gironde self-catering accommodation which has been classified 5 Star by the Tourist Office.
In 2018, even more motivated than ever before, the wine estate team is already busy tending the vineyards to offer you a great quality 2018 vintage…and hoping that nature will respect us and allow us to protect it.
In 2019 , Château Tourteau Chollet integrates the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux and thus joins the 43 current members of the Cercle Rive Gauche.
And more recently, it is a partnership with a couple of beekeepers that propels us towards a new "Bee Friendly" certification, which highlights the good use of plant protection products to protect pollinators.
More than 40 beehives have been scattered around our plots. The acacia and chestnut honey that come from it shows how healthy the quality of the environment in our vineyards is.
Respect - Quality - Confidence
We have based our work around our deep beliefs which are the driving force behind our wine estates : respect for the soil, quality of the wine and confidence in a bottle that characterizes all the expertise to be found in Vitisvintage wines…
The soil reflects the topographical history of ground, climate and of man: elements which reveal many centuries of ups and downs. We had to reveal it… for your pleasure.
That is why there are no miracles; we need to let the nature take the most important place:
• Organic treatments to protect the vine from diseases
• Working the land without using chemical fertilisers
• Planting green manure (clovers, oats…) in the vineyard during winter to feed the vine stocks naturally
• Planting of flowering fallows and hedges to maintain the biotope
• Planting of trees to balance our carbon footprint
• Using our own waste water treatment plant so that no waste is discharged into the environment.
• Our own phytosanitary effluent recycling plant with dedicated treatment centre
• Partnership with local associations and work support centres
• Minimal use of additives during the wine making process to produce the most natural wines
Nowadays, at Vitisvintage, there are:
• 77 hectares of vineyard with 357 839 vine stocks from 2 to 45 years old
• 216 oak barrels from 1 to 4 years old
• 274 733 bottles produced per year and 800 000 bottles from 2 to 15 years old
• 8 tractors from 1 to 37 years old (come and see Marguerite, indestructible tractor, the star of our team.)
And an involved team of professionals: from the vine to vintage wine, remarkable women and men, all driven by the same passion and proud of their wines.