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La Tourbeille Vineyard

A French-American family. A family vineyard for a hundred years.

John & Mary Sandifer

John & Mary Sandifer   Vignoble de La Tourbeille – Domaine du Petit Roque

Our 25 acre vineyard (60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet France, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon) is perched on a sunny hilltop above the Dordogne River on bedrock of limestone, in ideal limestone-clay soil. To encourage valuable biodiversity we preserve the old forests that surround the vineyard and fruit trees amidst the vines. Matured, organic fertilizer comes from cows grazing on our pastures. The modern winery with custom made stainless steel tanks and oak barrels is manned by our enthusiastic, 4th generation French-American family.


2012 La Tourbeille Bordeaux Supérieur Red

100% Merlot, gold medal winner at the Concours de Bordeaux. This vintage is rich and full flavored– a key element of our terroir – with great body and a smooth, lingering  finish.


La Tourbeille Rosé, “l’Esprit de Jeanne”  

In the cool of September dawn, family and friends gather to harvest our special parcel of vieilles vignes  (70-year-old vines).  We assemble Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to create a limited edition Rosé.  Using a gentle pneumatic press as soon as the grapes are harvested ensures the pale pink color, delicate aromas and notes of summer berries. A manual brassage des lies  at the end of fermentation brings a subtle gras to the texture.   “L’Esprit de Jeanne” is elegant, dry and refreshing.  In 2017 it was selected by VINOGUSTO  as one of the “Top Ten Rosés of Bordeaux”.


La Tourbeille 2014 is a silver medal winner of the prestigious Concours de Paris. This vintage is a finely balanced blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Notes from the jury:  “joli nez, fruits noirs, ample.”  Aromatic bouquet, black fruit flavours, rich texture, full body.


La Tourbeille Reserve wine “Le Sceptre” 2014 is a select blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.  The Sceptre icon – a version of the shepherd’s staff also held by Jeanne on our Rose label – refers to our commitment to protect the natural resources of our family domain. The Sceptre is full bodied, with flavours of rich black fruit, smooth tannins and a lingering finish.


La Tourbeille 2015 – an exceptionally good year – is an assemblage of 73% Merlot, 18 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 9 % Cabernet Franc.   The Cabernet Franc brings a special touch of elegance to the wine. This vintage will come on market in 2019.