Jean-Pierre Moueix is a name known by most that enjoy a top glass of Bordeaux. Taken over by the Moueix family in 1937, this internationally renowned Wine Merchant not only curates a stunning portfolio of wine, but owns several prestigious crus along the Right Bank. Château La Fleur-Pétrus, Château Trotanoy, and Château Hosanna in Pomerol and Château Bélair-Monange Premier Grand Cru Classé in Saint-Émilion are all owned and run by the family.
Jean-Pierre Moueix moved to Saint-Émilion following the Great Depression of 1929, in a time when wines of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion were not yet widely recognized. Being a visionary, he recognised great potential both in the Merlot grape and in its ability to age when grown in the best terroirs of his adopted region.
Jean-Pierre's son, Christian Moueix joined the family business in 1970 and became president in 1991. With a passion for viticulture, he continued adding to the entity's holdings through the acquisition of Château Hosanna in 1999 and the historic Château Bélair, Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, in 2008.
Now the current leader of the business, Edouard Moueix has become the third generation involved in the family business. He immediately focused on developing the distribution of wines from the Left Bank, Graves and Sauternes. He was also key in the acquisition in 2008 of Château Bélair-Monange, Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, and in the expansion of Château La Fleur-Pétrus in Pomerol with the integration of a historic parcel on the plateau of Pomerol in 2012.
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Château Hosanna, a jewel-like vineyard of just 4.5 hectares, is located in the heart of Pomerol’s central plateau, adjacent to some of the most illustrious crus of the appellation: Château Lafleur to the north; Château Petrus to the east; Château La Fleur-Pétrus to the west; Vieux Château Certan to the south. The vineyard of Château Hosanna has a long and rich history. Prior to its purchase by Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1999, Hosanna was known as Château Certan Giraud, considered one of the premier crus of Pomerol since the 1950’s.
CHATEAU LATOUR A POMEROL
Latour à Pomerol, which draws its name from the tower that adorns this charming château, was acquired by Mme Loubat, who also owned Château Petrus, in 1917. Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix has farmed the vineyard since 1962. The vineyard is characterised by the diversity of its soils, which brings complexity and harmony to the wine: gravel and clay for a marvellous parcel next to the church of Pomerol; loam surrounding the château.
Purchased by Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1953, Château Trotanoy has been considered one of the premier crus of Pomerol since the end of the eighteenth century. The soil of Château Trotanoy is a very dense mixture of clay and gravel which tends to solidify as it dries out after rain to an almost concrete-like hardness, hence the name “Trotanoy,” or, in other words, “too wearisome” to cultivate. The Trotanoy vineyard slopes gently to the west. The fascinating soil diversity brings power, depth and complexity to the wine.
CHATEAU LA FLEUR-PETRUS
Château La Fleur-Pétrus is one of the most renowned vineyards of Pomerol. This historic estate, situated exclusively on the plateau, was named in the 18th century for its position across the localities ‘Petrus’ and ‘La Fleur’. Established in Libourne since 1937, Jean-Pierre Moueix perceived early on the excellent quality of the Pomerol appellation. Château La Fleur-Pétrus was his very first acquisition in 1950. Quickly after, he purchased Château Trotanoy in 1953.
CERTAN DE MAY
Dating back to the beginning of Pomerol as a region, the de May family was gifted the estate by royal decree in the 16th century as a gesture of thanks for services rendered to the crown of France. Château Certan de May first began producing wine in the 18th century and continued to stay within the de May de Certans family until 1925, when it was passed onto the Barreau family. Sitting on the central plateau of Pomerol, it has a stunning composition of clay and gravel as the soils, bringing forth complex wines filled with power and elegance, along with structure and freshness.
Château Bélair-Monange traces its origins back to Roman times. Situated at the highest point of Saint-Émilion’s famed limestone plateau, it has long been considered one of the region’s very best crus. Jean-Pierre Moueix purchased the iconic Château in 2008 and immediately undertook extensive renovations in order to restore the cru to its rightful historic status. In 2012, Château Magdelaine, a contiguous Premier Grand Cru Classé acquired by Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1952, was merged into Château Bélair-Monange. The name ‘Monange,’ in addition to its literal translation, ‘my angel,’ was the maiden name of Jean-Pierre Moueix’s mother, Anne-Adèle, the first Moueix woman to call Saint-Émilion her home.