The Domaine de Pain de Sucre was established by le Bailly de Suffren in the 18C. Françoise Bousquet has now taken over this estate, which has undergone considerable reorganisation to enable this exceptional soil to reach its full potential.
She is from a wine growing family and is carrying on a tradition that reaches back to 1855, motivated by her love of the soil and her passion for wine. She abandoned her profession as pharmacist in 1998 when, captured by the beauty of the site and the quality of the soil, she bought the Pain de Sucre estate.
She underwent several training courses with a number of internationally renowned wine growers, which allowed her to participate in different vinification techniques and enabled her to decide on the type of wine that she wanted to make, according to the grape varieties and the different soils on the Pain de Sucre estate.
The buildings are at the centre of the estate, which is spread in one parcel over 30 hectares (74 acres). The vines are aged from 15 years to over 100 years, and 3 hectares (nearly 10 acres) will be replanted in 2005.
Only the grape varieties of quality have been preserved: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.