About Château Thénac
Originally built by Benedictine monks in the 12th century, Château Thénac is located in the beautiful ‘Purple Perigord’ countryside to the south-west of Bergerac and within sight of the vineyards of Saint-Émilion. Like its illustrious and more famous neighbours, the vineyards are planted on rolling limestone hills.
The south-facing vineyards at the estate contain very mature vines, some up to 45 years old: these are grown at an altitude of about 200 metres above sea level, benefiting from both sunshine and coolness. The microclimate within the vineyards is around 2.5ºC colder than Bordeaux, and has less rainfall: these growing conditions produce wines with a natural freshness, aromatics and complexity.
Château Thénac Rouge 2011 has just picked up a ‘Coup de Coeur’ and three stars (out of three) from the French Guide Hachette, the fourth vintage to have received this award.
The winemaking team is boosted by the services of consultant winemaker Denis Durantou, who is overseeing both the vineyard and winemaking practices with the meticulous eye for detail that has made his own property so Château l’Eglise Clinet in Pomerol has in recent years been awarded 100 point scores by both Robert Parker and the Wine Spectator.
In order to preserve the quality of the top wines, grapes that do not meet the highest standard from younger vines are used in the T de Thénac range, which offers excellent value.