The villagers in Le Hourc, which means "oven" in Gascon, used to come together in the Middle Ages to bake bread. The flour came from the Haurets mill, just a stone's throw from Château des Combes.
Bernard Ducourt's great-grandfather Pierre Ducourt ran the family estate from 1885, and he was succeeded by his son Louis in 1919. The estate had nine hectares of vineyards at the time.
The arrival of Henri Ducourt in 1951 marked the beginning of a new era for the Ducourt vineyards. Ambitious and courageous, Henri Ducourt – together with his three children Bernard, Marie-Christine and Philippe – brought new dynamism to the wine business, turning the family vineyard into one of the largest estates in the entire Bordeaux region (440 hectares, 13 châteaux).
Château Plaisance: in 1994 this ancient estate was acquired by the Celliers de Bordeaux Benauge winery, the marketing unit of the Ducourt estates. It is farmed using integrated production methods. Year after year Eric Fuzeau, who is now in charge, gets the best out of the estate's soil, which is planted almost exclusively with Merlot – and produces this unique Montagne Saint-Émilion, elegant and harmonious.