Clos Plince

Surface : 1.15 hectares (2.84 acres) in a single block
Sol : sand over clay -quite warm soil enabling early ripening
Encépagement : 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon
Age des vignes : 50 years
Rendement moyen : 45 hectolitres per hectare
Densité/ha : 6,000 vines per hectare
Taille : Médocaine
Récolte : 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).
Élevage : 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.
Production annuelle : 6,800 bottles