The Clos, or walled vineyard, is divided into 4 separate vine plots, each surrounded by gardens, hedges, woods – perfect refuge for insects, birds and fauna. The East, South/East facing vineyards overlook the river Vienne. They are planted with 60-90 year-old Cabernet Franc vines.
THE TERROIR / SOIL
Light sandy/clayey top-soil. With such a thin layer of topsoil the roots have no alternative but to plunge into the compact chalk subsoil, locally called tuffeau. This gives the specific chalky taste to the wine.
As from 2010, the soil is lightly tilled with the help of a plough horse. The infrequent shallow ploughing enables the wild flora to express itself in the vineyard. The plough horse is my ‘weed killer’, bought in only when the vegetation becomes too invasive. My hens are also meant to do their bit.
The casks come from the very best domaine in Burgundy (DRC). A guaranty of absolute top quality French oak.