Benoit Trocard grew up with a profound curiosity for wine. He was born into a family that has owned and operated vineyards since 1620.
He is now proudly the family’s 15th generation of winemakers. Before joining the family business in 2002, Benoit studied Business, Marketing and Communications at Sup’ TG Business School in Bordeaux. He went on to RMS, Reims Management School for International Business, achieved his Masters Degree in Business Studies, e-commerce and project management and finalized his studies at DUAD, Oenologie School of Bordeaux.
He spent time abroad making wine in regions around the world, and in 2002 decided to go back to his roots in the Right Bank. He worked diligently in the vineyards, handling the caretaking of the vines of his family’s properties spread over 6 appellations, 10 Châteaux and 90 hectares (222 acres).
In 2002, the savvy young businessman, purchased Clos Dubreuil, a 1.5 hectare estate (approximately 4 acres) to show his style of winemaking and highlight the special terroir in St. Emilion. The vineyard is on one of the best limestone plateaus in St. Emilion. His first vintage received 92-95/100 points from acclaimed writer, Robert Parker. Clos Dubreuil is considered one the best wines of St. Emilion.
In 2005, Benoit created the board of Bordeaux Oxygene, which is an association of the best young winemakers of the region. From 2005 to 2007, he held the position of President on the board. In 2007, Benoit and a few American partners purchased an additional vineyard with a new winery for Clos Dubreuil. In 2009, he added an additional purchase of land and replanted it with old vine Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2009, he also became General Manager of Vignobles Jean-Louis Trocard: 100 hectares (247 acres) in the Right Bank of Bordeaux, family estates.
In 2010, Benoit resumed his post as President of Bordeaux Oxygene and in the same year purchased the historic Château Porte Chic property in Pomerol—2 hectares (5 acres) to be planted with a winery in progress.
In 2011, Clos Dubreuil won the Grand Cru competition.
In 2012, Benoit purchased 3.3 hectares (8 acres) for Clos Dubreuil and contracts the construction of the new winery, thus bringing Clos Dubreuil to 7.5 hectares total.
Santiago Deicas, has lead production in the Familia Deicas wines since 2011 along with his father, Fernando. The 26 year-old Winemaker and Food Engineer, has been participating in the harvest at the family winery since he was 10 years-old. Santiago is third generation of Familia Deicas. He has participated in wine fairs since 2001, worked harvest in Bordeaux in 2008 and toured wineries in France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile and the United States.
His knowledge as a Professional Winemaker was acquired at the University of Uruguay, with special studies in Mendoza, Argentina and vinifying in France. In addition, he worked alongside Jose Lez (Uruguay INAVI President, former Vice UIOE and former Chief Winemaker at Familia Deicas), Adriana Gutierrez (Chief winemaker of the Establishment Juanico) and consultants who work or have worked with the family: Paul Hobbs, Michel Roland, Dominique Delteil, Patrick Ducourneau, Pierre Yves Harang, Duncan Killiner, Eric Bardon and Benoit Trocard. Santiago said,“I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to travel and learn from great winemakers, with very different ideas about winemaking. It has helped me find my own style.”
Santiago plays rugby in the First Division of Uruguay, for the Old Christians Club (same club who survived the Miracle of the Andes in 1972). He has played on the National Team at the 2010 South American, Nations Cup and the Under 19 World Championship in 2005.