Château Clos de Boüard: Vineyards

Château Clos de Boüard is located in the hamlet of Musset, close to Parsac, in the Montagne-Saint-Emilion appellation. Both villages lie a short distance from the Barbanne, which separates the vineyards of this appellation from Saint-Emilion. Reviews and reports on the estate and its wines often make much of its proximity to the great vineyards of Saint-Emilion, a romantically appealing notion but truth be told the estate lies just shy of a kilometre from the Barbanne, and the closest estates of note on the far side are Château Fombrauge and Château Cantin, both over two kilometres distant.

Château Clos de Boüard

The property is blessed with 30 hectares of vines, situated on the gentle slopes of clay and limestone soils which surround it. The vineyard has changed greatly since the days of Henri Guiter, as today it is planted mainly to Merlot which accounts for 19.6 hectares. By the time of the acquisition Cabernet Sauvignon was a much smaller component of the vineyard than it was thirty years ago, at 2.6 hectares of the total. Today in second place comes Cabernet Franc, with 7.3 hectares of the vineyard. All in all the vines are aged about 35 years on average.

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