For 20 years, Jean-Claude Giraud worked with one of the finest winemakers in the appellation Lalande-de-Pomerol, a village in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. In 1990 he took over his father’s business, and in 2005, he purchased Château L’Alouette.
The estate is located near the confluence of the Isle and the Dordogne Rivers, less than an hour from Bordeaux. The terroir is protected to the southwest by the mound of Fronsac and is influenced by the Atlantic, less than 100 km to the west. Summers are hot and dry summers, while winters are mild with humidity. The soils are sandy-gravel. This is a terroir perfect for growing quality wine grapes, something understood by the Romans who produced wine here centuries ago.
Jean-Claude remains meticulous in his quest for excellence and utilizes handcrafted practices such as frequent manual canopy management and severe harvest selection. His vines are 100% Merlot. The winery uses small-capacity tanks to precisely manage the process.