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GEOGRAPHIC SITUATION: Alongside the Gironde river in the commune of Saint-Seurin de Cadourne next door to the Saint-Estèphe appellation area.
DATE WHEN THE VINEYARD WAS FIRST PLANTED: 17th. Century. The state was bought in 1982 and has been renovated since.
VINEYARD AREA: 27.50 (68 acres) in one single pot.
SOIL TYPES: Gravelly clay
GRAPE VARIETIES: 48% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
PLANTING DENSITY: From 6,700 to 8,700 vines per hectare
AGE OF THE VINES: 30 years on average
ROOTSTOCKS: Riparia, 101-14, 3309, 420 A
MANURE: Only organic
VINE MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES: Traditional with tilling of the soil.
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES: Systematic leaf and green fruit removal. Ch. Charmail was the first to carry out leaf removal.
YEARLY PRODUCTION: 9,000 to 10,000 cases of main wine ( about 80% of total production) the rest is sold as Tours de Charmail.
HARVESTING: Manual in all parts of the vineyard. A precursor in green harvesting
VATTING: The harvest is steeped for 15 days at 5ºC., using dry ice; fermentation for 7 days; about 10 days of final maceration
ALCOHOLIC FERMENTATION: From 25 to 30ªC with temperature regulation
AGEING: 1 year in barrels, one third of which are renewed each year
BOTTLING: Carried out with our own equipment in Spring
OWNER: Bernard D’Halluin
DIRECTOR: Olivier Sèze
OENOLOGIST: Michel Couasnon
VINEYARD MANAGER: Sebastien Pineau
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