Terroir of Graves
Exceptional ‘Terroir’ Terrain
The vineyard is divided into two uniform subsectors. On the Martillac plateau, the hill dominates the property and is made up of a patchwork of gravel.
These little pebbles deposited there by the river Garonne in the Quaternary period form a finely tuned mix of Quartz, Lydian, Jasper and Flint. These poor soils and drainage constitute an ideal terrain for the vine and in particular for the red grape varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
Moving closer to the Garonne, the soils take on a different profile of clay and limestone, still with a gravel surface.
It is here that the Merlot variety grows best and also our white grape varieties of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
Respectful Vineyard Practices
From the winter pruning all the way through to the harvest, the vineyard is treated with due care and attention. Loïc Kressmann and the Vineyard Manager, Denis Wendling have put in place an integrated viticulture practice, respectful of the environment and comprising of four main approaches.
The reputation of the property depends largely on the quality of its white wines. Our Winemaker, Valerie Vialard fully appreciates the responsibility of this legacy. Under her direction, our teams carry out very careful work from harvesting to the bottling of the wine.