From The Producer:
Appellation : Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Classement : Grand Cru Classé
Vineyards area : 28 hectares 79 ares 03 centiares
Grape varieties : - 75% Merlot - 24% Cabernet-Franc - 1 % Cabernet-Sauvignon
Average age of the vines : 38 years old
Terroir : Siliceous-clay over iron deposits and ancient sands over clay
Number of vines planted : Between 6 000 and 8 000 / hectare Vine growing methods : ploughing or a grass cover crop without any use of weedkillers. From 1996 the vines were grown according to integrated and sustainable farming principles (with AFAQAFNOR certification since 2005) as part of a sustainable economy approach (Terra Vitis charter). No herbicides have ever been used. In 2004 we conducted trials on a part of the vineyard following the principles of organic farming, before converting fully to organic farming in 2010. In 2013 we acquired “Organic Wine” certification. Since 2018 we have trialled a number of plots using biodynamic practices. Green vine work : de-budding, removal of double buds, de-leafings, de-suckering (lateral shoots), crop thinning if required.
Harvests : Picked by hand, with 5 successive stages of sorting.
Rendement moyen : 35 à 40 hl/ha
Vinification : Various procedures that vary from one batch to another : everal short stages of pumping-over, release of the juice, punching the cap.
Ageing : 40% to 60% new barrels, 35% to 50% 1-year old barrels. Bottling: 21 months after the harvest