Originally from Paris, Philippe Cohen lived in Saint‐Emilion for 10 years working as a wine négociant. His wife, Catherine, studied oenology and in her second year of the Diplôme National d’Oenologie had an opportunity to intern under the legendary Jean‐Claude Berrouet, head winemaker at the famous Château Petrus. Jean‐Claude recognized the talent in his new intern and installed Catherine at the famous La Fleur Petrus, where she made the wines from 1995 to 2001. Following the 2001 vintage, Catherine worked as a consultant for many Châteaux in Bordeaux, but she and Philippe dreamed of having their own vineyards. It was Jean‐Claude Berrouet who contacted the Cohens about the Château Vieux Taillefer, as he knew the owner was ready to retire.
Winemakers: Catherine Cohen
Variety: 100% Merlot
Terroir: The tiny 4.8 hectare property is perched on the bank of the Dordogne river. Their Chateau Vieux Taillefer bottling comes from a single vineyard averaging 90 years in age and planted on pure limestone.
Vinification: All fruit is hand‐harvested and undergoes a careful sorting before it is vinified in concrete tanks. The work here is 100% Organic, thus there are no chemicals used in the vineyards nor the winery. There is no fining nor filtration, and the Cohens are quick to point out, they employ no consultants at Vieux Taillefer. The aim is to produce wines of great terroir.