Clos Saint Jacques

Clos Saint Jacques is a small family estate of 2.5 hectares, located close to the village of Saint-Emilion. The winery is situated in a favorable southwesterly location on a limestone and clay soil. Jean-Guy Grégoire purchased the vineyard in 1999 and appointed his son, Etienne, as technical director, who was then recently graduated with a viticulture-oenology degree.

This ‘young gun’ initially encountered some prejudices among the Bordelais due to his age and his lack of family wine heritage. However, after producing some exceptional wines, he has won them round and is now known as “the wine rocker”!

The grapes planted are predominantly Merlot (70%) with equal parts of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.
The production is small about 3,000 cases a year.

Philosophy

The harvest usually takes place in early October, the grapes are totally de-stemmed and vinified separately in cement cuves before blending and ageing for six months in barrels.

Gregoire has steadily been raising the quality of his vineyards ever since he purchased them, and has ongoing plans to continue this. He aims to achieve a full expression of the different nuances offered by the soils of Saint-George Saint-Émilion and produces his wine by protecting it from excessive oenological modernism and only embraces the best of the new technologies for his vineyard.

Due to the predominance of Merlot, this wine has the traditional velvety texture of a wine from the right bank. It has aromas of dark fruits and spices, complex scents of blackberry, cassis and plum. The texture is silky and the finish long.