Domaine de l’A is owned by Stephane and Christine Derenoncourt. The estate was founded in 1999. Their first purchase was small. The original vineyard was only 2.5 hectares. In time, two additional purchases helped Stephane and Christine Derenoncourt bring the estate to its current 10 hectare size. Domaine de l’A is located in the commune of Sainte-Colombe in the Cotes de Castillon appellation, just due east of St. Emilion. In fact, the estate of Domaine de l’A is close to some very good St. Emilion estates. For example Valandraud, Faugeres and Fleur Cardinale are just down the road.
The 10 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Domaine de l’A is located on a terroir with deep clay and limestone soils. In fact, it was the limestone that first attracted Stephane Derenoncourt to the land. The vineyard of Domaine de l’A is planted to 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard has a south facing exposure and is planted to a vine density of 7,000 vines per hectare. The density has increased dramatically since it was first purchased by Derenoncourt. The average age of the vines is close to 35 years of age, although the vineyard has some old vines that are between 60 and 70 years of age!
Domaine de l’A strives to do as much biodynamic farming as possible. Sustainable farming is a practice the owner, Stephane Derenoncourt believes deeply in for his own vineyards, and in many of the vineyards he consults for. Low yields are something that Domaine de l’A is known for. It is not uncommon for the estate to produce wine from yields of only 15 hectoliters per hectare.