Château de Cranne
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Vincent Lacoste represents the 6th generation. He took over in 2008. The history begins when Jean Villars bought the vines and mix crops lands in 1833. Younger, Vincent was not interested in the vineyard. It is trough his studies in the Agriculture Superior School of Angers (ESA) that his motivation grew to continue the legacy of five generations dedicated to the production of wine. In the region of Anjou Vincent talked with wine producers involved in organic agriculture and his interest begins to grow until January of 2010 when I took the decision to change all the production into organic. The quality of the wines is directly linked to the terroir and its own expression, with a specific geographical area, the type of soil, and favorable climatic conditions. 


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About Côtes-de-Bordeaux

Côtes-de-Bordeaux is the youngest AOC appellation in Bordeaux. It was created in 2009, when the INAO declared the merging of four, previously recognized communes, Côtes de Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Castillon and Côtes de Francs. The following changes took place for wines labeled Côtes-de-Bordeaux starting with the 2009 vintage. Wines from Côtes de Castillon became Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Francs became Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, Premieres Côtes de Blaye became Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux and Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux Rouge became Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux.
While the Côtes-de-Bordeaux appellation was officially created in 2009, the genesis of the idea was planted in 1985 when the separate, but distinctive regions banded together to create the Association de Cotes-de-Bordeaux. The named eventually changed to Les Cinq Côtes de Bordeaux, to include additional appellations. Things started coming together by 2003, and in 2009, the new Cotes de Bordeaux appellation was created with the purpose of helping to promote the wines from the previously separate appellations as a united group.
The specific areas were chosen because they shared similar terroirs of gravel, clay and limestone soils. Another consideration was the fact that the vast majority of the wines produced in those soils were dominated by the Merlot grape. One problem, or virtue, (pepending on your point of view) found in the new appellation is the ability for producers from any terroir in the now very large Cotes-de-Bordeaux appellation to incorporate grapes from any of the previously, separate appellations; Côtes de Castillon, Côtes de Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux and Côtes de Francs into their wine.

Information source : www.bordeaux-cotes.com 

Credit map : www.vins-bordeaux-courtiers.com

How I started with Château de Cranne
As always, I have been in contact with Vincent through a mutual friend. I wanted to work with a vineyard producing some Côtes de Bordeaux. I think this is where we can find the best value in that vast region. We met, discussed and tasted his wines and decided to work together.
Thibault Poisson