In its mission to make remarkable wine, the Younan Collection believes in the importance of time to make extraordinary wine. Zaya S. Younan fell in love with winemaking and acquired Chateau La Croix Fourney in 2017, now known as Chateau la Croix Younan. The name change represents the care and passion that is implemented by the Younan Collection to make exceptional wine. There is no secret to the winemaking business, everyone goes through the same process. What makes Chateau la Croix Younan different is that it sacrifices quantity for the highest quality handcrafted wines it can produce.
Chateau la Croix Younan is one of the few large vineyards located in the famous Saint Émilion, Bordeaux region. Consisting of 22 acres (9 hectares), it is the source of structured and sophisticated Grand Cru wines that perfectly reflect a union of distinctive terroir and the gentle guidance of focused winemaking. Saint Émilion vineyards produce some of the most expensive right bank wines. There are many different reasons for the exceptional quality of Chateau la Croix Younan wines.
The subregion the vines grow in is comprised of limestone soil with clay that is adept to holding water on 50% of the parcels. The limestone soil ensures natural water drainage. Merlot grapes are heavily adapted to heavy, clay soils and therefore thrive in Saint Émilion. The vineyard grows 70% Merlot grapes and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is known for aging very well, and it maintains excellent taste, balance, and structure even after 30 years of aging.
Overseen by a small dedicated group of wine connoisseurs, these exceptional wines come together at the convergence of heritage and creativity. The vines are looked after meticulously. All the berries are personally inspected and hand-picked. Only the best berries are chosen, sorted and fermented in stainless steel tanks and vinified under a thermos regulation system in French Oak. The maturation process happens in 100% French Oak barrels for 18-24 months to make sure that the wine has infused all the lush flavors that the wood has to offer. Then the wine is transported into another barrel to be able to infuse more rich flavors before being bottled. This ensures the quality stands up to the name.