The vineyard of Château de Chaintres is approximately twenty hectares, including the nearly 18-hectare "Clos du Château", which is exceptionally large.
One of the first estates in our region to be certified in Sustainable Agriculture, we began conversion to Organic Agriculture in 2010 and were certified EcoCert AB in 2013. In 2018 we began using biodynamic practices in the vineyard, a natural progression and extension of our philosophy of vineyard management.
We have thus been working organically – without the use of systemic chemicals (herbicides, fungicide…) since 2010. We decided to embark on the adventure of biodynamics on the advice and with the training our friend François Dal.
Biodynamics is a matter of reflection, a state of mind, a philosophy ; for us it is a matter of course. Listening to nature, strengthening the vineyard, allowing it to give the best of itself, using only natural products respectful of our environment, and adapting our field work as needed.
Eight large and identifiable terroirs within our 18-hectare estate, seven of which are in the most beautiful Clos of the region.
We only work with the « noble » grapes of our region : Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
We have one hectare of Chenin on each of two different terroirs from the secondary and upper Turonian era: one hectare of old chenin vines on green chalk alteration, the other hectare of younger (30 year-old) vines on loose, superficial limestone. From these two terroirs come our Dames de Chaintres and Les Genêts cuvées.
We also work 17ha of Cabernet Franc on eight different terroirs, which produce five very different cuvées.
The bedrock of our soils are composed of chalk from the medium turonian and upper turonian ages. The Turonian has a detrital lithological facies made up of sand at the base, gradually becoming marly with inoceramas – a fossilised cretaceous chalk – then a form of detrital chalk called « tuffeau », which is present troughout our region.
The higher portion of our Clos has calcareous soils: a calcareous soil can be recognised by its whitish colour because it contains chalk, a rock composed mainly of limestone (or calcium carbonate [CaCO3] originating from marine deposits in the cretaceous age.
A soil that contains less than 5% limestone is said to be "non-limestone", a soil that contains more than 50% limestone is said to be "very strongly calcareous".
The more limestone a soil contains, the more basic (= alkaline) it is, as opposed to acidic soil.
Our cuvée Les Sables comes from these soils.
Respect for nature is the guiding philosophy of the estate. From this land, worked and treated like a garden by our vineyard team on a daily basis, we seek the expression of authenticity in our wines. By « authenticity » we mean the expression of place, linking in taste the finished wine to the soil on which the vine grew. This is a natural state of the vine, one not corrupted by the use of any chemical or other external agent.
After years of experimentation, testing and analysis, today we work our vineyard plot by plot in order to magnify the specifics of each of our terroirs. Our harvest is entirely manual (100% hand-picked) in small (25kg) crates at the optimal date of ripeness for each plot. A rigorous sorting is carried out in the vineyard. We then sort healthy, quality grapes on a sorting table before putting them into vats for fermentation. The rigour and seriousness of our team is the pillar of our know-how.
All our wines are an invitation to share.
The grapes are harvested in openwork boxes, by terroir. Each plot is identified according to the soil.
The rigorous selection of our cellar master and oenologist begins in August. The grapes are regularly tasted, observed and analysed; thus the harvest only takes place when they are fully ripe, allowing the grapes to give the best of each terroir.
L'abus d’alcool est dangereux pour la santé. A consommer avec modération.
La vente d'alcool est interdite aux mineurs.