From the vineyard…
Situation: 15 kilometers South of Bordeaux, the vineyard of Château de France extends over one of the highest terraces of Léognan, the highest of four terraces of gravelly soil produced over time.
Hectares/varieties: 40 hectares : 36 hectares of Cabernet sauvignon (55 %) ad Merlot (45 %) for red wine production, 4 hectares of Sauvignon (80 %) and Sémillon (20 %) for the white wine.
Terroir: The terroir of Château de France is privileged to be situated on an outcrop of Terroirdeep gravelly soil from the Pyrenees, sometimes on a chalky-clay subsoil. On this model of hillsides, the presence of fawn coloured sand of plastic clay and many hues, confirm that this is the best winegrowing sector within this terroir. The same sand is also located in the Haut-Sauternais area and in some sectors of the appellations of Medoc.
Porte-greffe: 3309 C / 101-14 / 110 R / Gravezac / 420 A / 161-49 / Riparia.
Plantation density: 6,950 rootstocks/hectare for the most recent plantations.
Viticulture: Double and simple Guyot pruning.
Leaf-thinning on the side that the sun rises.
Environmental friendly growing techniques.
Yield: Like all Pessac-Léognan, Château de France has to respect strict appellation laws, defined by the decree of September 1987: a yield of 45 hectolitres/hectare for reds and 48 for the whites, variable depending upon the years.