Château La Bretonnière / Château Tour de Guiet  Château Romfort

Stéphane Heurlier

 “Quality is never an accident.. It is always the result of  intelligent effort”  –  John Ruskin, 1871


After studying engineering in agriculture and a first experience in the sales and marketing of the French farm equipment in the USA, I arrived in Bordeaux in 1992. At 25 years old, I didn’t know much about wine (I was the son of a crop farmer from north of France), but I did know that I could make a success of it… Native of northern France and son of a crop farmer, I took over the estates Château LA BRETONNIERE, Château TOUR DE GUIET in 1992 and Château ROMFORT in 1996.

This was for me the big jump and a huge challenge ahead! Indeed, just back from New York, I found myself in a house, yet occupied before me, which had neither running water nor electricity at the first floor! The vineyard, equipment and winery were just like home. I stuck the labels on the bottles by hand with glue and brush … Everything has to be done or redone!

It took me a lot of courage, work, perseverance and sacrifices to renew these estates. Over the years, I have replanted the vineyards, increased densities, rebalanced and revitalized soil, adapted my farming methods by focusing on sustainable agricultural for the vines give the best grapes. In 2000, construction of the new winery enabled me to develop these grapes and develop unique wines of character, some of which are now made in oak vats. My authentic wines are produced as naturally as possible (without adding fermenting yeast for red) and they are elaborated and bottled based on lunar cycles.

Independent wine grower, passionate, perfectionist and environmentally responsible, I do my best to ensure that these wines reflect the best expression of their terroir and are appreciated by all.

Surrounded by top specialists, including Mr Prud’homme, former head of a First Classified Growth of PAUILLAC for 25 years and very generously in my work, I produce Château La Bretonnière and Château Tour De Guiet wines that combine red and dark fruits, complexity, fineness, medium body, character and authenticity of the best fine Bordeaux wines. Château Romfort wines are fruity with nice character.

This constant search for optimum quality has been the success of my wines. They are now pleased to fans in over twenty countries. They are also devoted by experts (Decanter, Wine Enthusiast, Robert Parker…) and awarded in the main contests.

signature  Stéphane Heurlier