Max de Pourtalès came back to his Bordeaux origins by acquiring in 1998 the château Doyac located in the Haut-Médoc appellation in Saint Seurin de Cadourne. His wife, Astrid, gave up her life in New York on the theatre scene to be on his sides in this new adventure. They both fell in love with this vineyard the origins of which date back to 1850 as related in the Féret Book “Bordeaux et ses vins”.
The vines as well as the cellars have been greatly renovated. Since the enlargement of the vineyard in 2009, Max de Pourtalès built a new packaging cellar and a new barrel cellar aiming at optimizing the wine making. Moreover Max de Pourtalès can now receive journalists as well as tourists fond of wine and pizzas in in his new tasting room with a professional pizza oven. Everything is there to enable this vineyard to express itself in the best way possible.
« My philosophy, says Max de Pourtalès, is not to make overly extracted wines as the whole world knows to do but on the contrary to make fine and elegant wines. The wine still has substance , but most of all one should respect balance and freshness, which characterizes the great wines of Bordeaux «. Surrounded by their team and well-advised by the oenologists Eric Boissenot and Marco Balsimelli, Max and Astrid de Pourtalès are looking every year for the blending that will respect the most the vintage and reveal the identity of the wine of château Doyac.