For 15 years we have been listening in order to satisfy.
To the best of our ability in the face of both our climate and terroir, we produce wines every year which are never identical but always good: that's what we call a vintage.
Guaranteed by our charter of production, the quality of the wines of Château de la Grave constitutes the bond between you and us.
Respect for the environment
Use of adapted phytosanitary treatment recommended for production within the framework of sustainable development.
Use of organic products only; no chemicals are used.
No chemical weed control between rows of vines.
No chemical insecticides.
Biological insect control protects auxiliary fauna.
Purification station for the treatment of all wine-growing waste products.
Quality Control in the Vineyards
Plot-by-plot management and wine-to-bottle traceability.
Analysis of soil and sub-soil to bring out the best of the terroir.
New vine plantation: choice of quality rootstock suited to the terroir.
High density: 5 500 vines/ha.
Yield control of 50 - 60 hl/ha (controlled pruning, debudding and thinning)
Alternation of ploughing and grass growth between rows of vines.
Thinning of leaves promotes a healthier and better-quality maturing of the grapes.
Harvesting by hand and by machine
Control of grape maturity plot by plot in order to determine optimal harvest date.
Hand-picking using crates for the rosé wine.
Repeated sorting: on the vine and in the cellars.
Machine harvest for red and white wines.
Sorting of the grapes (double sorting-tables).
Vinification and maturing in pure Bordeaux tradition
Temperature-controlled vinification of individual plots.
Variable maceration according to vintage in order to extract individual fruit quality, tannins and colour.
Minimum 2 grape variety blend, as dictated by Bordeaux wine tradition..
Personalised ageing in finest French or American oak barrels and in French oak tanks of 50 Hl
Fining of wines and light filtration of the wines before the bottling thus preserving all organoleptic qualitites when bottled.
Bottling exclusively at the estate with quality corks, allowing our red wines to be stored for more than 20 years.