Thanks to its
it is different
from all of the other proprieties within this appellation area
L'ABUS D'ALCOOL EST DANGEREUX POUR LA SANTÉ. À CONSOMMER AVEC MODÉRATION
Indeed, the estate extends across 13 hectares
of fossil-rich limestone quarries – the same bedrock shared by the greatest terroirs in Saint-Emilion. They were originally created to extract the stone required to build the historic monuments of Bordeaux. Entirely atypical and homogeneous, the terroir is a
rare jewel, situated at the heart of the
appellation. The soil is made up of clay, resulting from the decarbonation of asteriated limestone - the bedrock of Saint-Emilion's greatest terroirs.
In the Guide about the wines of Bordeaux, Jacques Dupont says the property is one of the most interesting terroirs within the appellation area and probably one of the best around Libourne.
A strict uprooting and replanting program has been
put into place. The old vines of Merlot, which
fully express the terroir, have of course been preserved. From 2006 to 2012, around 4 hectares were pulled out and replaced, mainly with Cabernet Franc, a variety that is perfectly well suited to limestone soils. In 2011, 2.5 hectares were replanted with massal selected Cabernet Franc.
At present, the property is planted with Cabernet Franc (30 %) and Merlot (70 %).