When Stephan von Neipperg took over as head of the family estate in 1988, he immediately began enriching it with his ingenuity and his modern approach to winemaking. He started from the observation that the bottles from the 1950s had turned out to be delicious. This was a game-changer: from then on, he decided to focus on researching the old style of winemaking, with the support of Stéphane Derenoncourt and, from the 1990s, very early implementation of an environmentally friendly approach.
The vineyards have been certified organic since the 2014 vintage; still, the winemaking Count will not rest until he has fully adapted all activity here so that it is fully respectful of the environment. He intends to ensure that future generations inherit healthy land. He has instituted many procedures - working plot by plot, grassing the vineyards, composting, rebuilding existing hedges, massal selection from old vines and whip grafting - all with the aim of returning life and diversity to the vineyards, because "great wine comes from living terroir".
The Château teams noted that the hot, dry conditions of this vintage were perfectly suited to organically-grown grapes and that all their hard work is there in the bottle: the wine is fresh and elegant, with a delicately perfumed bouquet.
Surface : 19,5 ha
Soils : calcareous-clay and sandy-clay
Grapes : 55% of merlot, 40% of cabernet franc, 5% of cabernet sauvignon
Average age of vines : 45 years
Harvest : manual
Ageing : 15 to 20 months in new barrels (80 to 100%)