Our Terroir

ANOTHER LIMESTONE PLATEAU OF ASTERIA

Located on the left bank of the Dordogne, the limestone plateau of Château de Sours faces the famous limestone plateau of Saint-Emilion.

Château de Sours’ vineyard covers 80 hectares and consists of three main soil types.

The red wines come from vines planted at high density on a thin layer of clay that rests on a limestone flagstone of Asteries.

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot which composing the blend, find in this soil an optimal ripeness cycle which gives them a concentration and an inimitable freshness.

Semillion and Sauvignon Blanc used for the white wines  are grown on cooler clay-limestone soils, essential for the production of wines with delicate aromas and mineral and tense structure. The Cabernets Francs and Merlots that make up our sparkling rosé wine, are located on clayey-silty hillsides exposed to north, to obtain a fresher maturity necessary for the production of a great “Méthode traditionnelle”.

Our Vineyard

Chateau de Sours

Our Cellar

BETWEEN TRADITION AND TECHNOLOGY

Designed in 2012, the winery is divided into three separate spaces dedicated for winemaking and for quality ageing:

For red wines: the Red Cellar is composed of small vats of 60, 75 and 120 hectoliters for plots selection. A large barrels cellar and underground quarries let aged wines from 12 to 18 months in the best conditions.

For white wines: a first cellar consists of small vats of 40 and 60 hectoliters, then a second and larger thermo-regulated cellar is devoted to wine producing in barrels.

For rosés: the space is composed of an ultramodern grape harvesting reception equipped with a vibrating conquet and a sorting system that feeds a wine press free of oxygen to preserve the aromas.

Harmony and balance

A RESPECTED ENVIRONMENT
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Château de Sours is committed to a rational production policy and environmental quality management.

Since 2015, the Château has obtained ISO 14001 certification and since last year, the HVE (High Environmental Value) certification.

Château de Sours is trying to reduce its impact on the environment by following more respectful and natural approaches. Since two years, we have reduced by one third the doses of pesticides and our soils are worked in a traditional and mechanical way.

We choose green manures by planting alternative plants in autumn. Our treatment schedules include 50% of the products accredited organic agriculture label.

Wine cultivation with precision

Our parcel mapping of soils allows us to adapt to each terroir a vine variety to produce a wine with its own identity and personality. Each plot receives its own precise itinerary from the pruning until the harvest.