« It’s the Rock eroded by the vines roots and combined with organic matter that produces the expression of the Terroir, it never is the Rock only.»

Therefore, the agricultural production method adopted by a Cru is decisive in this revelation.

Puy Arnaud is located at an altitude of 90 to 100 meters on an extraordinary plateau terroir. It lies on limestone with starfish fossils mixed with a few limestone veins from Castillon.

This little plateau is located in the East continuity of Saint-Emilion, which recently got honored by the nomination of a 1st classified Cru and a few classified great Crus.

The very low thickness of its clayey-limono-sandy soil confers it a great potential of finess and elegance in the aromas and tannin of the grapes.

If we look at the study of the Libournais terroir by Prof. Cornelis Van Leuwen appended to Jane Anson’s book “INSIDE BORDEAUX”:

The equivalent “Potential Terroir” of Puy Arnaud in Saint-Emilion leads us to a mix of the following properties: Clos Fourtet, Canon, Belair-Monange, Trottevielle and Haut-Sarpe.

The property occupies 90% of the surface of the limestone plateau on the Puy Arnaud zone, which also gives the Cru a uniqueness in its expression which justified the choice to make it a Clos.

N.B.1 : the concept of Clos
In vast vineyards, the Clos/enclosure is the climate archetype. It is the sacred space, devoted, free from all civilian servitude.

N.B.2
At the beginning of the 20th century, according to Henri Enjalbert, the Libournais was the archetype of Vin de Côtes and was nicknamed “Petite Bourgogne of Bordelais.”

The vineyard consists of 32 plots on a total surface of 15 hectares.

Repartition of grape varieties :

65% Merlot, 26 % Cabernet Franc, 4 % Cabernet sauvignon, 2 % Malbec, 1,5 % Sauvignon blanc et 1,5 % Castets.

The average age of the vineyard is 30 years. The old vines (50 years) are planted in 2 meters x 1 meters, the young vines are 1,5 meters x 1 meters and 1,80 meters x 0,95 meters.

Mass selection in situ of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon blanc et Malbec.

Current project: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Discover unique wines, raised through respect for the nature and terroir.