Clos Plince

Surface area: 1.15 hectares (2.84 acres) in a single block
Soil: sand over clay -quite warm soil enabling early ripening
Grape composition: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon
Age of the vines: 50 years
Average yield: 45 hectolitres per hectare
Density of plantation: 6,000 vines per hectare
Pruning system: Médocaine
Harvesting: by hand -in this plot which is a mixed variety plantation from 1902, the grapes are picked in two goes (first Merlot, then Cabernets). Vatting time and temperature are adapted to the characteristics of each vat.
Vinification: in temperature-controlled concrete vats. Natural vinification (indigenous yeasts).
Ageing: in barrels -the wine must have the upper-hand over the oak. 25% new barrels on average (the proportion varies according to the tannic structure of the wine). 12 months ageing in barrel. In each case, we demand the best fine-grained oak from the forests in the centre of France.
Annual production: 6,800 bottles