Founded in 2003 in the heart of the village of Sainte-Thècle in Mauricie, Clos Sainte-Thècle is a small vineyard where respect for the land, the vine and the environment finds its proper place. Dedicated to the search for an ideal of balance and harmony between modernity and tradition, we see ourselves as the guardians of a unique, rigorous but generous terroir, which we cultivate with passion and humility and also with the conviction that the small lots of handcrafted wines from our plot of land can captivate the imagination and the palate of those who seek authenticity.
JUNE 12 2021
Passive cold soak lasted 10 days. Wild yeast fermentation in a stainless steel followed by a short 8 day maceration at below 18° C.
7 months in 6 and 7 year old neutral french oak barrels (Radoux).
Unfined and unfiltered.
Direct press method. Wild yeast fermentation in a concrete egg for 15 days at below 18° C. Partial malolactic fermentation.
6 months on lies in a concrete egg. 2 months in stainless.
Unfined and unfiltered.
Artwork: Patrick Leblanc, Sainte-Thècle
Our 4.7 hectare property sits at approximately 600 feet above sea level. One hectare is currently under vines and an additional hectare is being prepared for new vines. We grow 4 different grape varieties: Adalmiina in white, Radisson, Sabrevois and Pionnier in red.
” The vineyard is divided into 5 blocks: Heritage Block, Les Mal-Aimés Rouge, P2, Les Mal-Aimés Blanc and Rockstar Block which is currently being prepped for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. All are grown organically. “
The vineyard benefits from several factors that make it a unique site for winegrowing. Located at the foot of the mountainous region of the Laurentians, known as the Laurentian Piedmont, our site is greatly influenced by the topography of the region and its soil type, the Pontiac Loam. These soils consist of a thin deposit of loam on a deep bed of clay.
Lacustro-marine deposits whose fine texture has certain similarities with marine clays cover a large part of the region. Due to their texture and geographic position, the vineyard soils are well drained, permeable and well aerated. The north and south orientation of the vines allows maximum exposure to the sun.
The almost daily morning fog refreshes the vineyard, and the late morning and mid-afternoon winds act as a dryer, ensuring that the grapes are free from moisture and mold and thereby disease. When the winter comes, our geographic position ensures excellent snow cover which protects the vines from our harsher climate. All these factors are an integral part of our unique terroir and allow us to grow our grape varieties under optimal growing conditions.
Preserving biodiversity is a major concern for us. The biodiversity of the vineyard reflects the natural balance of the environment and its interactions with the flora and fauna found here. A well-established ecosystem contains a community of living things in balance with each other and with their environment. We firmly believe that the more numerous and genetically diverse these interactions are, the higher the biodiversity and the more sustainable our ecosystem will be. For us, only a quality environment and viticulture that respects the natural balance between the soil and the vine allow the production of exceptional wines.
In order to always best represent each vintage from the vineyard to the bottle, we only produce small lots of handcrafted wines in limited quantities, and rarely the exact same wine twice. We therefore want each wine to express its personality according to its growing season, its own identity with its own label and its distinct name. Our tendency to avoid repetition allows us to reinvent ourselves a little with each vintage and to really let the wines speak for the vineyard.
Depending on the wine, we use concrete, stainless steel, clay amphoras or oak barrels for vinification and ageing. We use sulphites in minimal quantities, because we believe that an excellent knowledge and understanding of the winemaking environment is essential before eliminating sulphites from the process. We just don’t want to sacrifice the quality and integrity of our wines for marketing purposes.
Where to find us
Our wines are only available in restaurants and at fine wine retailers. Look us up!
- Au Petit Palace, Sainte-Thècle
- Zélé, Sainte-Flore
- Le Buck, Trois-Rivières
- Épi, Trois-Rivières
- Le Temps D’une Pinte, Trois-Rivières
- Chez Victoire, Montréal
- Candide, Montréal
- Batutto, Québec
- Petits Creux, Québec
- Sardines, Québec
- Buvette Scott, Québec
- La Planque, Québec
- Le Clocher Penché, Québec
- Alentours, Québec
- Chardo, Bromont
- Côté Est, Kamouraska
- Aux Cinq Soeurs, Sainte-Thècle
- Jules – fromages & convives, Sainte-Flore
- La Barik, Trois-Rivières
- La Grange à Houblon, Sorel
- Les Douceurs du Marché, Montréal
- Comptoir Sainte-Cécile, Montréal
- Boire Grand, Montréal
- Le Vinologue, Montréal
- Cheers, Montréal & Saint-Bruno
- Les Minettes, Laval
- William J. Walter/St-Roch, Québec
- Supérette, Québec
- Origine, Sherbrooke
- Pâtisserie Chez Dorville, Eastman
- Les Petites Bonneville, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu