0.35 hA of pre-phylloxera vines dating to more than 150 years old. Co-planted with the six Médoc varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (20%), Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carménère. Soils are silt and clay on a base of clay. The parcel is very near the Gironde and adjacent to a smaller waterway which protects the vines from frost. Regular flooding drowns the phylloxera louse.
For much of their history these were vines for une consommation familiale which may have helped preserved them during the rush to replant after phylloxera devastated the region. Traditional propagation was accomplished by layering when vines needed to be replaced. As a result much of the parcel is no longer arranged in rows, with varying vine density and roots so intertwined and omnidirectional there is no possibility of trying to work the soil. Decades of little or no pruning have so deformed some vines they need a “custom coif” when pruning.
- Yields are typically 10 – 15 hl/hA
- Grapes are de-stemmed and placed in tank without pumping.
- Maceration is 3 weeks.
- Elevage 15 months in used barrique.
- No fining. Light filtering.
- Approx. 700 bottles produced annually.