Talking terroir - June 2015


Our  winemakers are brimming with enthusiasm about making wines for Vineyard Partners and sharing a little piece of their terroir.


In the famous region of Saint-Émilion in Bordeaux, winemaker Paul Carrille exudes passion for his terroir:


When I stand in my tiny Clos Villemaurine vineyard, I am conscious that I have my feet on some very special earth. Here, the Merlot grapes always look different. They taste different. It’s special. Why is it so different from my other parcels? I cannot say for sure. But I know that it is unique and special. I use a horse to work the soils. Not a tractor. And I don’t like to over use the oak ageing for my cuvée, because I very much want you to taste this terroir, not the inside of a barrel.”


Jean-Michel Jacob in the heart of historic Burgundy told us, “Here in Burgundy, we usually have to contend with the very unpredictable weather. So no two vintages are ever alike. This is something that always fascinates me and I hope our vineyard partners will enjoy tasting the special character for each vintage I make. It is so rewarding to me to be able to meet my partners and to hear their thoughts on the fruits of my labour.”

Clos Villemaurine plot map jpg

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