Château Haut-Segottes

VigneronDanielle Meunier
LocationSaint-Emilion (Gironde)
Size of Domaine9 ha
TerroirAtlantic climate. Sand and clay soil with outcrops of iron. 60m altitude.
ViticultureLutte raisonnée
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Château Haut-Segottes has been a one-woman show ever since Madame Meunier became the fourth generation of her family to oversee this 9ha domaine in 1972. Both vigneronne and winemaker, she’s been calling the shots for the past 40 odd years, driven by the single objective of getting the best out of her vineyards year after year.

The property’s parcels are spread across the lieu-dits of Plateau de Corbin and Fortin where a mix of loamy-sand and clay sits atop a layer of iron-rich clay and sand, a very high-quality terroir particularly well suited to merlot. Soils are ploughed, only organic amendments are used, and yields are a very reasonable 45hh.

Madame Meunier seems to have a knack for finding the perfect picking date, her wines having never suffered from the excess of high alcohol that currently plagues the region, they show all the finesse and elegance that made St-Emilion so famous. Extraction is always perfectly judged, and the barrels come from highly regarded barrel-maker Darnajou, only a third of which are new each year.

Château Haut-Segottes Wines

Château Haut-Segottes

60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon (13% alc.)

This comes from superbly situated vineyards on the plateau of Figeac and Cheval Blanc, still tended personally by the devoted Madame Meunier. It’s a wine with a great heart of concentrated healthy fruit and savoury tannins.