The estate has been in the family for the past five generations. It was Bernadette Arbo’s great-great grandfather, who in the early 20th century moved to a small property in Francs together with his wife and daughter, but with the start of the Great War in 1914 Amand put the plans for the vineyard on hold. Amand Puyanche was killed on the 3rd May 1917 at chemin des dames in Craonnelle. His daughter Amande couldn’t afford to keep the property the way it was. She sold some vineyards and joined the local cooperative. A couple of generations later, Bernadette, actual owner, made the choice to leave the cooperative behind and moved forward to redevelop the fame of the estate with two recent property acquisitions: Château Godard Bellevue and Moulins de Coussillon.
Today the estate is spread over 51 hectares divided up into two appellations: Francs Côtes de Bordeaux and (38 hectares in red and 3 in white) and Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux (10 hectare in red). The use of chemical has drastically been reduced. The biodiversity has been enhanced by keeping hedgerows and rotating fallow areas. Adding up to the organic approach, the meticulous vineyard work is ensured to produce healthy grapes.
As for winemaking, all the whites are barrel fermented (30% new) on their lees, with periodic stirring. All the reds are vinified in stainless tanks and then aged in either tanks or barrels depending the appellation.