Chateau le Grand Vostock
The revolution of Russian winemaking began in 2003: one of the first premium projects in Russia was launched - Chateau le Grand Vostock winery. The project started as a Russian-French one: it was conceived with the participation of French investors, and a young couple, Franck Dusener and Gael Brullon, was invited as winemakers.
As a result, Russia's first full-cycle winery appeared (from growing grapes on its own plantations to bottling), modeled after a French chateau. The plant is located in the Krymsky district of the Krasnodar Territory. This place was chosen by French winemakers and oenologists after careful analysis.
All equipment of the plant was imported from France, including stainless steel tanks and oak barrels of the famous Seguin Moreau brand.
Geography and climate
The vineyards of Chateau Le Grand Vostock are located in the south of the Krasnodar Territory on the slopes of gentle hills. The descending terraces of the vineyards descend in giant steps from 350 m to 125 m above sea level, allowing the winds constantly blowing here to have a beneficial effect on the health of the vineyards.
The location of Chateau Le Grand Vostock on the northwestern foot of the Greater Caucasus Range and the proximity of the coastal Black Sea zone form unique climatic conditions ideal for growing and ripening grapes. The terroir, stretching at an altitude of 100 to 250 meters above sea level, consists of hills and hills surrounded by forests. This is what creates the microclimate and the specifics of the zone, favorable for growing both white and red grape varieties. The local marl soils with a high content of limestone give the wines a characteristic minerality highly valued by connoisseurs.
Thanks to the terroir, Сhateau le Grand Vostock throughout its history remains among the industry leaders in terms of wine quality. The wines of the plant became the first Russian winners at the international IWSC competition and took top positions in the Hugh Johnson reference book.
The following varieties are cultivated in the vineyards of Chateau Le Grand Vostock with an area of 120 hectares:
Seedlings of international grape varieties, which were brought from the French nursery Mercier, grow next to the local redstop and saperavi. In aged lines of wines, they are skillfully combined into original assemblages.
Spreading oak is not without reason depicted on all labels of Chateau le Grand Vostock wines. This tree really grows right in the center of the grand cru site of the winery on Guzheva Gora.
Two decades ago, when this land was being prepared for planting grapes, French winemakers were delighted with the beauty and power of oak, and dubbed it Royal.
The fact is that the phrase Le Chene Royal (Royal Oak) is a stable expression in French, and it goes back to the reign of Louis IX. Stories have been preserved describing how the king left the palace after dinner, sat under an oak tree and listened to complaints, after which he made exceptionally fair decisions.
Grapes began to be grown on the lands of Chateau le Grand Vostock long before the French winemakers in the early 2000s chose these places as ideal for winemaking.
Records have been preserved of General Karsov, who, back in the 19th century, received 5,000 acres of land from the state as a reward for his exploits in the Russian-Turkish war. Karsov was an enthusiastic winemaker, and managed to achieve amazing results. The general was the caretaker of a military hospital, and grateful patients willingly worked in his vineyards during the recovery period, also helping to make high-quality vintage wine.