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The estate is located in the Saint-Émilion area, high on a terrace overlooking the Dordogne valley. Nearby are the remains of a large Roman villa. This may have been the residence of the Bordeaux-born Roman poet Ausonius (310-395), who is also said to have owned vineyards here. The dome-like wine cellar carved into the rock is famous. The estate was owned by two families, Vauthier and Dubois-Challon, for 250 years. After a long dispute, Alain Vauthier bought the shares from Madame Dubois-Challon in 1996 and is now the sole owner. In 1997, Alain Vauthier separated from Pascal Delbeck and hired the well-known French oenologist Michel Rolland (*1947) as a consultant. He is now responsible for the vinification of the wines himself. The estate (and thus the wines) has been rated the highest "Premier Grand Cru Classé A" in all previous Saint-Émilion classifications.

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