A 100% family-owned vineyard, the « Vignobles Courselle » started in 1950, when André Courselle bought Château Thieuley located in the famous France Bordeaux Region and lay the foundation of a great vineyard.
In 1972, his son Francis Courselle, a young engineer and oenology professor, took over the management of Thieuley vineyards. In 30 years, the acreage increased from 4 to 80 hectares spread over three properties : Château Thieuley, Clos Sainte Anne and Château Saint Genes.
Marie and Sylvie Courselle, Francis Courselle’s two daughters, inherited from the family passion. Today, they took over the business and the destiny of Thieuley.
The name « Thieule » comes from the ancient French word ‘tioule’, a tile factory that used the local clay, key component of the great Bordeaux vineyards. Our soils are a mix of clay and gravel.
In Clos Sainte Anne, the quality of the terroir lies in the combination of a southerly exposure of the slopes with the deep gravel soils on the top of a fine clay and calcareous subsoil. All these factors help the grapes to reach perfect maturation, especially Merlot.