APPELLATION GRAVES CONTROLEE
|Vineyard Size||12 hectares (30 acres)|
|Soil type||River Garonne gravels on clay veins|
|Vine varieties||80% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon|
|Planting density||5.500 grape plants per hectare (or 2.223 per acre)|
|Average vine age||30 years|
|Vine growing conditions||
Agriculture raisonnée(Sustainable Agriculture): Care of soil by ploughing, pruning « Guillot double » method, clearing of buds and bad branches, crown desuckering, removal of unwanted leaves by hand at the berry setting.
Yield: 45 hl/ha (18 hl/acre).
|Vinification||Complete destemming, vinification in stainless steel vats. Average fermentation temperature 24° C to 28° C (72° F to 80° F). Maceration for about 15-20 days at 30° C (86° F).|
in French oak barrels, of which 1/3 new.
Fining with white of eggs, no filtration.