50 % Merlot, 50 % Cabernet Sauvignon
|Location:||In the commune of Blaignan, Ordonnac and Prignac in the Medoc region, 5 miles north-west of St-Estephe.|
|Climate:||Oceanic. Mild and humid Winter and Spring, warm and dry in Summer and Autumn.|
|Soil:||Stony gravel and limestone-clay.|
|Average vine age:||25 years|
|Density of plantation:||7 500 vines per hectare.|
|Vineyard practices:||Elimination of excess buds; leaf stripping as needed
Certification "Agriculture Raisonnée 2006”
|Size of vineyard:||19 hectares|
|Yield:||average 45 hectoliters per hectare.|
|Typical harvest starting dates:||Early October for the Merlot.
Mid October for the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Hand selection on the vines before picking
|Maceration period:||15-25 days, depending on the year, the variety, and the age of the vines.|
|Maturation:||Aged in state-of-the-art stainless steel vats|
|Assemblage:||February after harvest|
|Bottling date:||January of the following year|
At Chateau LE VIVIER we have long embraced a policy of sustainable agriculture, not only to preserve our natural environment, but more importantly to allow mother nature’s influence to be fully expressed in every vintage we produce.