Château Cap de Mourlin is one of the oldest properties in Saint-Emilion. The Capdemourlin family has been present since the 16th century and gave its name to the property. Thirteen generations have succeeded one another in sharing this passion for wine and passing on their knowledge.
Today, Jacques Capdemourlin and his two sons manage this historical heritage passed down from generation to generation.
A historical heritage
The vine was introduced into the Bordeaux region in ancient times, most certainly in the Graves region. In the 11th and 12th centuries, the clearing of land favored the expansion of the vine.
In the middle of the 15th century, the first “wine castles” appeared under English occupation, when Bordeaux was in a way “the cellar of England”.
This is how the Cap de Mourlin family came to settle in Saint-Emilion
A preserved heritage
Jacques Capdemourlin invested in the winery as well as in the vineyards, refurbishing the property and developing the estate’s viticultural activity. Many projects have been carried out, including the reconstruction of the winery allowing an improvement of the technologies for the wine making and a wine tourism space dedicated to this property should see the day in 2022.
A historical heritage
The traditional family spirit that characterizes Château Cap de Mourlin today can be found in the charm of this ancestral property as well as in the warm welcome extended to visitors.
A terroir that continues to thrive thanks to the heritage of a know-how rooted in respect for the land and biodiversity.
Novices as well as oenophiles are welcome to live an authentic experience to discover a history, a wine.
The capdemourlin vineyards
The Capdemourlin family is one of the oldest families of Saint-Emilion. It has been present for nearly 4 centuries in the commune of Saint-Emilion. It gave its name to a hamlet where the Château Cap de Mourlin is currently located.
The Capdemourlin vineyards are composed of three properties.
- The Château Cap de Mourlin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
- Chateau Balestard La Tonnelle Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
- Chateau Roudier Montagne Saint-Emilion
Castle CAP DE MOURLIN
Château Balestard La Tonnelle
JEAN AMEDEE CAPDEMOURLIN
Asserting his ambition, Jacques Capdemourlin will renovate the vineyard, build new cellars and call upon Michel Rolland, the oenologist of the Crus Classés, to give a guideline to the conception of the wine.
Passionate about his job, he is permanently present on the estate to ensure the management of the property and to follow its evolution.
For the wine business, Thierry Capdemourlin, his son, assists him and becomes the ambassador of the Capdemourlin vineyards throughout the world since 2000. For the vineyard management part, Daniel DuffonThe vineyard manager, who has been employed for fourteen years with the Capdemourlin vineyards, has been monitoring the vines, and has made Château Balestard La Tonnelle an environmentally recognized vineyard by registering the Château with the ISO 14001 standard and the EMS.
In 2017, Rémi Autier, oenologist and young cellar master, joined the team. His priority is to focus on the quality of the wines.
In 2021, François Capdemourlin joined the property as Technical Director.
Jacques, Thierry and François Capdemourlin are committed to improving the quality of the wine, which continues to progress.
A family in wine
A wine sale
The Capdemourlin family has a deed of sale of wine attested. This document, extracted from the register of the jurade of the XVIIth century, specifies that the Capdemourlin family was already trading wine on May 23, 1647. A copy of the document is visible in the winery. The original is kept by the family.
The Apollo 11 astronauts, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, made a world tour from September 29 to November 5, 1969, during which they stopped in Paris on October 8.
They were received at Matignon by Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas, who awarded them the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.
They had lunch with personalities such as André Turcat, the first test pilot of Concorde, Jacqueline Auriol the first test pilot, and Commandant Cousteau. During this lunch was served a Château Cap de Mourlin 1962