The Arjolle Estate came to be in 1974, under the impetus of Prosper and Louis-Marie Teisserenc. The objectives from the very beginning were based on the essential pillars of quality, diversity, and production of excellent wine. Today these values continue to dominate the work of the estate.
These two pioneering and visionary brothers focused very early on renewal of vintage varieties, with the adoption first of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. The freedom they were accorded with the Côtes de Thongue appellation gave them the opportunity to produce vintage and blended wines with character and charm.
Their efforts were awarded with the production of their first vintage in 1978.
In 1982, the associates of Arjolle took under their wing the estate of the magnificent Château de Margon, located some three kilometers from the operation.
Charles Duby and Guilhem de Fozières joined forces with the team in 1985. With them they brought profound understanding of production and great respect in their use of the environment, leading to the Terra Vitis classification (a certificate of sensible agricultural practice).
On a trip to California, Louis-Marie developed a passion for Zinfandel. He then planted a hectare in the Pouzolles community. That’s where the unusual Z of Arjolle was born: the first wine in France made solely from the Zinfandel variety.
In 1986, Roland Teisserenc, the son of Prosper joined the team.
The first wine matured in oak barrels left the storehouse in 1988. Given the outstanding demand for Arjolle wines, an 800 barrel storehouse (built by architect Bruno Lapostat) came into being in 2001.
In 2004, François (Louis-Marie’s son) and Roch (Prosper’s son) set up as young farmers and with them, ten new hectares were added from the garrigue to plant Carménère, Muscat Petits-Grains and Viognier. A high-density plantation test (8,000 hectare feet) was also put in place on three hectares, with Syrah and Viognier.
In 2014, Simon (Louis-Marie’s son) and Geoffroy de La Besnardière joined the estate and the great Arjolle family was finally complete.
“Our history has been enriched throughout many encounters, and through contributions made by travels around the world. A single hope remains as we build our future together: that is to share the fruits of our passion with the largest number of people we can.”