Located between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers in the heart of the prime wine-growing Entre-deux-Mers region, Château Sainte-Marie dates back several centuries. It was previously home to the monks of the La Sauve Majeure Abbey, one of the oldest in France. The abbey got its name from Silva Major, an immense forest in the region known as Vignoble de l’Entre Deux Mers, or “the vineyard between the two seas”. Most of the forest and surrounding area was destroyed by a great fire in the 18th Century, and today only a stand of 400-year old great sequoias remain. The estate was bought by the Dupuch-Mondon family in 1956 and is today headed by fifth generation Stéphane Dupuch.
Château Sainte-Marie’s sunny, south-facing vineyards are ideally situated on some of the highest hilltops in the Gironde appellation. They boast a wide diversity of complementary soil types and old vines, including a plot of Semillon and Merlot over 100 years old. With a deep commitment to maintaining the estate’s unique terroirs, Stéphane has worked towards transitioning to organic and biodynamic farming since he took over the reins in 1997, encouraging biodiversity in the vineyards. He is a firm believer in dense vine planting, lower yields, and natural vineyard management. His beautifully crafted wines are simultaneously fresh and expressive, while still fundamentally Bordeaux, showing great complexity and texture.