Marie and Sylvie Courselle are two sisters most certainly doing it for themselves, not afraid to break from tradition in order to create truly tasty wines. A short 25 km from Bordeaux, the Courselle vineyard is located at Chateau Thieuley, the historic family property on the clay and limestone hills of Entre-dux-Mers. From growing up in the region, and studying their craft, to travelling widely abroad, the Courselle sisters came to have a deep understanding of the complexities of the family vineyard, and also its potential. They wanted to make wines to reflect their values, while show their great pride in their family history at Chateau Thieuley and pay tribute to the knowledge they learned from their parents.
Although many people in Bordeaux though they were rebels, the young Courselle sisters convinced their father to plant Syrah vines to blend with the traditional Cabernet Franc, Merlot. And while they were at it, Chardonnay to blend with the local Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. A risk that has paid off handsomely.
Marie and Sylvie have also worked hard to obtain their sustainable certification from Terra Vitis, working to ensure vineyard health and vitality that shines through in the end result. These two wines “Les copains” (the boy mates) and “Les copines” (the girl mates) reflect who they are – these are happy and festive wines to be shared! As the Courselle sisters always say “don’t forget, empty glasses remain full of memories!”. We couldn’t agree more.