OUR HISTORY

Château Sanctus. The original alliance between land and spirit.

Château Sanctus was named after the listed 12th-century church next to the estate. Its walls contain the secret of the monks who started making wine in Saint-Émilion. Centuries later, its stones whisper to those willing to listen that the spirit is still there, intact. It has stamped its soul on Château Sanctus.

Its rebirth dates back to 1990, when the families who own the chateau mixed their passion for renewal with the painstaking rehabilitation of an outstanding wine estate, plot by plot.


THE PLACE

On the hillsides of the Dordogne Valley, the vines of Château Sanctus are rooted in the inspired soil of Saint-Christophe des Bardes, a town in Saint-Émilion.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the town is named after the bards, medieval monks who settled there to save souls and gave the place its mystical nature.

The stones tell the story of Château Sanctus, the 12th-century Romanesque church and the ancient presbytery. This welcoming jewel of medieval architecture lends its soul to the estate, which is covered with hectares of Merlot and Cabernet Franc classified as Saint-Émilion Grand Cru.


THE CELLAR MASTER

This is the story of a beautiful meeting between Château Sanctus and a woman cellar master. To the power of this terroir Caroline Gaullier brings a subtle and feminine interpretation.

Her atypical path – a young, bookish Parisian who became a cellar master – demonstrates this passionate enthusiast’s strong character.

Ms. Gaullier spent seventeen years at Château La Tour Figeac before coming to Château Sanctus in 2012, bringing all her Grand Cru Classé knowledge with her. Stéphane Derenoncourt and his team spotted her keen sense of detail and her precision, which won over Jean de Laitre, who heads the vineyard and shares the same production philosophy. Ms. Gaullier’s sharp eye for nature and painstaking approach has brought this land to excellence and made Château Sanctus a uniquely elegant Grand Saint-Émilion.




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