Chateau le Grand Vostock
The revolution of Russian winemaking began in 2003: one of the first premium projects in Russia was launched - the 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, Frank Duceneur and Gael Brullon, were invited as winemakers.
As a result, the first full-cycle winery in Russia appeared (from growing grapes on our own plantations to bottling), modeled on the French chateau. The plant is located in the Crimean region of the Krasnodar Territory. This is the place 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 brand Seguin Moreau.
Geography and climate
Vineyards Chateau Le Grand Vostock are located in the south of the Krasnodar Territory on the slopes of gentle hills. Descending terraces of the vineyards descend with giant steps from 350 m to 125 m above sea level, allowing the constantly blowing winds here to have a beneficial effect on the health of the vineyards.
The location of Chateau Le Grand Vostock at the northwestern foot of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and the proximity of the Black Sea coastal zone create unique climatic conditions ideal for growing and ripening grapes. 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 specificity of the zone, favorable for the cultivation of both white and red grape varieties. The local soils - marls with a high content of limestone - give the wines a characteristic minerality highly appreciated by connoisseurs.
Thanks to the terroir, Chateau le Grand Vostock throughout its history remains among the leaders in the industry in terms of wine quality. The wines of the distillery became the first Russian winners at the IWSC international competition and took the top lines in the Hugh Johnson's handbook.
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 Krasnostop and Saperavi. In mature wine lines, they are skillfully combined into original assemblages.
The spreading oak is depicted on all Chateau le Grand Vostock wine labels for a reason. This tree really grows right in the center of the grand cru section of the winery on Guzhevaya Gora.
Two decades ago, when this land was prepared for planting grapes, French winemakers were delighted with the beauty and power of the oak, and christened it Royal.
The fact is that the phrase Le Chene Royal (Royal oak) is a persistent expression in French, and it goes back to the reign of Louis IX. There are stories that describe 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 on the lands of Chateau le Grand Vostock began to be grown long before French winemakers in the early 2000s chose these places as ideal for winemaking.
There are records of General Karsov, who in the 19th century received 5 thousand dessiatines 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 the military hospital, and grateful patients willingly worked in his vineyards during the recovery period, helping to make quality vintage wine.