Mythic appellation of the Bordeaux vineyard, Saint-Emilion benefits from limestone, clay and gravel subsoil and a unique microclimate ideally adapted to the viticulture producing great wines from renowned worldwide.
At the heart of this appellation, the Château Yon-Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru joined the Alain Château vineyards in 2005. This property is one of the widest of the appellation with its 24 hectares of clay and sand soils.
Since this acquisition and under the wise advice of the famous oenologist Denis Dubourdieu, the property was the object of profound modifications. One of the first decisions was the farming of the whole vineyard and the total abandonment of herbicides. This choice was motivated by the desire to respect the soils and by the certitude of the improvement of the quality of the grapes year after year. A pedologic study allowed better understanding of the nature of the soil and subsoil and initiating works to improve the plants of each plot.
These profound but respectful interventions gave back its general balance to the vineyard and thus modified the quality and taste of the grapes. The vinification and farming conditions were adapted and are refined each year.
The conviction that a vintage has to reflect its terroir, the humane drive and the singular personality of the one who created it, is what guided the evolution of this property.
Three wines were produced by the Alain Château Vineyard, the Château Yon-Figeac – Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé, the Roches de Yon–Figeac – Saint Emilion Grand Cru and Yon Saint-Martin – Saint Emilion.
The style takes shape and asserts itself year after year. By avoiding over ripening and abusive concentration, the wines experience the terroir they come from. Alive and digestible, they are conceived to be savoured or kept for a long time.