History of the Estate

Cassini’s map, established in 1756, already mentions in Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens a property named Bertinat at the exact location of the current estate mansion. Mid-nineteenth century, following an inheritance, the mansion was separated from its vineyard. The vineyard itself was subsequently broken up.

From 1960, the vineyard is gradually taken over and restructured by Christian Lafaye and takes the name of the mission cross erected in 1872 in front of the property and known as the Croix de Bertinat.

In 2012, we acquired the vineyard and the former mansion, thus restoring the Bertinat estate as it existed a century and a half ago.

After an international career of thirty years in the industry, we have decided, at an age when others think of retiring, to take up a new challenge and live fully our passion for wines by acquiring an estate. Long-time lovers of Saint-Emilion wines, we naturally turned to this appellation to fulfill our dream.

In accordance with the traditions of Saint-Emilion wineries and with all due respect for the work done by those who preceded us, we decided in 2013 to undertake a complete restructuring and modernization of the winery to allow us to reveal all the potential of this magnificent terroir.

The Estate

Located 3 km south-west of the village of Saint-Emilion and 500 m east of the village of Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens, one of the 8 villages forming the jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion, the Château Croix de Bertinat today includes 8.3 hectares of vines in AOC Saint-Emilion, 0.3 hectares in AOC Bordeaux, as well as a winery and cellar for winemaking and aging.

Our vines are planted on sandy-gravelly soils, a vein of deep siliceous gravel running through the property. These silica pebbles have been carried and deposited by rivers over millennia.

This terroir is favorable to producing high quality wines with silky tannins and harmonious aromas.

Grape varieties

In AOC Saint-Émilion
Grand Cru

60 % Merlot Noir
35 % Cabernet Franc
5 % Cabernet Sauvignon
Average age of the vines: 35 years
Several plots are between 50 and 70 years old

In AOC Bordeaux

100 % Sauvignon Gris

Cultivation of the vine


Committed to sustainable winegrowing, we promote the respect of the plants in their environment and we adjust our interventions in the field to the climatic hazards, the observation and the knowledge of the soil and the vine in order to minimize the use of plant health treatments. Since 2018, our approach has been certified by Terra Vitis, a label that guarantees environmentally friendly
production methods.

The vines are pruned in simple Guyot shape, preserving a long branch and disbudding carefully to facilitate the spreading of bunches and ensuring good maturation conditions. The soil is worked mechanically. We keep the vines healthy by manual leaf stripping, thinning and harvesting in green if necessary.

Harvest and winemaking


The grapes are harvested at optimum maturity. Only plot per plot observation can accurately determine the ideal harvest date.

The quality of our terroirs of hot gravels allows us to lead the Cabernets to perfect maturity. They will play a key role in the blends to which they will bring all their aromatic finesse.

The grapes are sorted on arrival at the winery to eliminate the berries that do not meet the chosen criteria (size, aspect, color) while respecting the integrity of the fruit, a key condition to high quality winemaking.

The vatting continues for several weeks, depending on the vintage. The alcoholic fermentation, then the malolactic fermentation, are controlled in thermoregulated vats.

Ageing

Our wines are then aged in barrels (for Saint-Emilion Grand Cru) or in vats (for Saint-Emilion). We carefully select our barrels, all made in French oak, for their ability to bring our wines the right touch of finesse that will blend with the aromas and natural tannins of our grapes without denaturing them by an excess of wood taste.

The subtle alchemy of the blending and the ageing, culmination of months of work in the vineyard and the cellar, defines the character of the wines of Château Croix de Bertinat, a mix of classicism and modernity, the expression of its grape varieties, its terroirs, and the personality of the men and women who produced them.