After taking the time to search for their ideal wine estate, Amélie Osmond and Victor Mischler eventually chose Clos du Notaire in 2015. The beauty of the terroir, the modern facilities, the geographical location and the microclimate all beckoned them to take the plunge. They fell in love with Clos du Notaire and decided to settle here.
The vineyard stands on the site of a former 14th-century abbey. It featured in the FERET Guide as far back as 1874 when it was listed as Cru Bourgeois Second Growth and Cru Artisan First Growth.
The Clos du Notaire vineyard benefits from uninterrupted views over the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, as well as its own microclimate. Indeed the estate is located close to the Gironde estuary and on a south-facing slope. This choice position ensures constant mild temperatures and protects the vines from storms, hail, frost and other weather-related risks.
The terroir and a meticulous approach to winemaking, with maturation in vats and new wooden barrels, give the wine a woody taste, without excess. Fleshy, supple and fruity in the mouth, it has won many medals in Paris, Bordeaux and Mâcon, and has been favourably quoted in the specialised press. The soil consists of clay and ferruginous clay, with a red gravelly surface layer. The favourable sun exposure allows the wines to develop complex aromas of black fruit and spice.
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With her generous smile full of authenticity, Amélie leads us through her vineyard, talking passionately about her work. Listening to her, you cannot help but daydream of the simple pleasures that fill her daily life, like waking on a Spring morning to the song of birds, or smelling the hints of fresh sea air that travel all the way to these hillsides and mingle with the jasmine fragrance that fills the garden in summer.