A small family property with a bicycle...
Since 1964, our family has been producing rich and powerful AOC Montagne Saint-Emilion wines.
In 1964, my parents, Abel and Victorine Rocher, originally from Charente Limousine region, bought a Girondine house with 30 ares of vineyard in the hamlet of Mirande in the heart of the Montagne Saint-Emilion appellation. They created Vieux Chateau des Rochers to reference our last name but also the limestone rocks located both in the village and under the vineyard.
My father was a postman. He used to cross the country every day whatever the weather with his bicycle. Thanks to his wine growers' customers he collected all the information needed for vine growing and the wine-making process. Progressively, my parents bought and cleared new parcel of land, where they planted vines. In 1995, the vineyard covered 2.5 hectares.
At that time, after working 15 years in cattle-rearing in Charente Limousine, I joined the farm and I made it grow.
Located near Pomerol and Saint Emilion's vineyards, our family holding is now about 4,9 hectares. Our vineyard is set up on clay-limestone soil (2,2 hectares) and clay-siliceous soil (2,7 hectares) and is composed of different grapes varieties : 80 % Merlot and 20 % Cabernet franc.
The benefits of nature, the slow work of time and respect of traditions are found in the quality of our wines : rigorous pruning, thinning the bunches, hand-picking and selection of ripe grapes, long fermentation in vats, and to finish, wine growing between 12 and 18 months.
Our best vintages are born thanks to our know-how, and the natural symbiosis of the region, the microclimate and the grape variety.