CLOS DUBREUIL, LAUREATE OF THE 2015 CRUS DE SAINT-EMILION
WHEN BENOÎT TROCARD TALKS ABOUT HIS WINES, HE TELLS A STORY, A LOVE STORY.
Owner of Clos Dubreuil since 2002, the winemaker committed to grow his estate and to select his terroirs. A ground work rewarded by a victory in the 2015 Coupe des Crus de Saint-Emilion.
CLOS DUBREUIL: A SELECTION OF THE TERROIRS
In 2002, Benoît Trocard bought Clos Dubreuil located on the Saint Christophe des Bardes limescale plateau. The estate was 1.5 hectares to start with and the winemaker grew it along the years to attain 7.5 hectares. “The terroir is made of a layer of clay on limescale rock, and it was a true challenge to find the same kind of terroir. We met old people from the village, people living in the surroundings,
to really acquire terroirs that correspond to the original ones”, Benoît Trocard explains. Following this long selection process, Clos Dubreuil is todaymade of 15 parts, which make those Saint-Emilion Grand Cru wines ideal blends: “every year we blend various grapes but als
BENOÎT TROCARD, CONSISTENCY IN QUALITY
For Benoît Trocard, being laureate of the lauréat de la Coupe des Crus Saint-Emilion 2015 is “obviously a satisfaction”, seeing that his Clos Dubreuil had already won in 2011. “When you win twice, you see the consistency of the cru with big vintages just as with more difficult vintages”, says Benoît Trocard, happily. In 2015, 2010, 2011 and 2012 were tasted:
“what is obvious at Clos Dubreuil, is that we always have freshness. We are lucky to be on that limescale plateau. Even when growing mature grapes, we don’t lose the acidity and to me it is the key to the success of the wine”. The other key point is obviously passion: “to get to this consistency, I think you should keep it up. It is like true love, it needs continued attention”.
SAINT-EMILION WINES : A LOVE STORY
Born in a family who has been making wine since 1620, Benoît Trocard is not the kind of man to rest on his laurels. To him, 2012 is one of the biggest vintages produced at Clos Dubreuil, but he believes he “hasn’t reached the level” which would give him entire satisfaction. So what is that target difficult to reach? “I would like my wine to have a more enchanting dimension.
I think this comes withis the maturity of the man, when you feel you no longer have to prove anything because you are confident in what you are doing. You let yourself go to enjoy more of the pleasures and sensations”. Patience, listening, elegance, search for pleasure: Benoît T