Château La Croix du Casse: Vineyards

As indicated in my profile, the estate sits very close to the town of Libourne, the vines running right up to the railway line which skirts the suburbs of the town. It is surrounded by a number of well-known Pomerol estates, starting with up-and-coming Château Séraphine just to the northwest, and then in a clockwise direction Château Plince, Château Beau Soleil, Château La Commanderie, Château Ferrand and perhaps its most renowned neighbour, Château Taillefer, to the southeast. To the south and west there are no neighbours, just the railway line and the Libourne ring road, and the suburbs beyond.

Château La Croix du Casse

There are just over 9 hectares of vines here, the vineyard having not changed in size for many years. Of these, 8.75 hectares lie in a single block around the cellars, while a lone 0.3-hectare parcel lies distant. The soils underfoot are predominantly a sandy clay, which lies over a seam of ferruginous crasse de fer, the iron-rich mineral that characterises the soils in this corner of the vineyard.

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