The first 17 acres of vines
Bernard and Cécile Croisille move to Fages, located in the countryside surrounding the tiny town of Luzech. Their sole wealth is their youthful exuberance, a passion for working the land and a dream of building a life around this passion. They decide to become tenant farmers of a parcel of land that had been left untouched for years. With much perseverance and dedication the couple brings life back to the land.
The first few years are difficult – they invest all of their labor and capital in clearing, preparing, planting and maintaining the first 7 hectares (approximately 17 acres) of vines. They patiently await the first harvest, as the fruits of their labor will not to come to fruition for several years.
Finally in 1984, they bring their first yield to the Parnac winemaking cooperative.
Producing their wine
The path to producing their own wine had been paved, yet the couple is not entirely satisfied. Their wish is to master the entire winemaking process from start to finish. Cultivating grapes did not quench their insatiable desires and they began to learn about the vinification process. Over the next ten years they discover their true passion by working in association with their neighbour, who gives them their first taste of the profession. During this period, they become proficient in the vinification process and finally produce THEIR OWN wine.
In 1996, Bernard and Cécile purchase a magnificent Querçynoise style house that had fallen into ruin. They reconstruct their chai and house themselves. A true wine-producing estate is born, which blossoms with life like their first vintage. It took the couple 20 years to bring their exuberant dreams to fruition.
ALG purchases the vineyard
Their lease came to an end and the Croisilles must purchase the vineyard they planted. Family, friends and even clients mobilize to help by giving donations so that their winemaking journey can continue. These individuals create an ALG (Agriculture Land Grouping) and purchase the vineyard, allowing the Croisilles to continue cultivating the land.
Germain joins the team
Germain, their second son, who recently received his diploma, decides to delve into the profession and join the family business. This “young blood” motivates them to seize an incredible opportunity – renting a 10-hectare vineyard (approximately 25 acres) located in the Luzech Valley.
Nicolas joins the team
Nicolas, Germain’s childhood friend who is like a son to the family, begins working with the Croisilles.
Purchasing the Domaine De Fages
The neighbouring vineyard where Cécile and Bernard worked in association for 10 years is up for sale. They are well versed in the terroir’s attributes and seize this fabulous opportunity to expand their wine-producing estate. The five winemakers who purchase the Domaine De Fages form a second ALG.
Simon joins the team
Simon, the youngest of the Croisille children, officially joins the team.