Georges Vigouroux bought Château de Haute-Serre as a ruin, overgrown with juniper and oak, which had to be uprooted to avoid the vines becoming diseased. It took over two years of crushing rocks and subsoiling to get the terrain ready for planting.
In 1973, after two years preparation and work, the lands of Haute-Serre were once more ready to be replanted with vines.
The biggest rocks were broken with dynamite then crushed using an enormous crusher. Two years of unrelenting work were needed for the terrain that was now a bed of stones to be ready to be planted with vines. Two years during which Georges Vigouroux, assisted by his brother-in-law, Pierre Peysson, selected Malbec vines.
When Château de Haute-Serre was purchased it was totally neglected and overgrown. Juniper and oak had to be pulled up without leaving any roots, which would cause a very dangerous illness for the vine. Then came subsoiling, during which time blocks of the subsoil turned the estate into an impenetrable quarry.