Château La Lagune: Vineyards

Château La Lagune is located in the commune of Ludon-Médoc, which lies directly south of Macau, but north of the city of Bordeaux. The estate is largely sandwiched between the course of the D2, to the west, and the village of Ludon-Médoc to the east. The vineyard is overseen by Pierre Vital, chef de culture, who since the acquisition of the d’Arche vines holds sway over 90 hectares of vineyards (dominated by a single block of at least 57 hectares) entitled to the Haut-Médoc appellation, planted on a croupe of Mindelian gravel. This is a sandy-gravelly mix (pictured below), laying over a Quaternary gravel, an arrangement that resembles the terroir of Graves somewhat, at an altitude of 15 metres above sea-level which aids drainage, especially important with these slightly more moisture-retentive soils.

Château La Lagune

The vines are 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and an unusually high 10% Petit Verdot, planted at 6,500 vines per hectare; there was once a significant portion of Cabernet Franc but this now seems to have disappeared from the vineyard. The vines are trained higher than they once were (this is true for most of the top vineyards of Bordeaux) to improve foliage surface area, and the vineyard is managed on sustainable lines; the estate has Agriculture Raisonnée et Norme Environmentale certification, but full organic certification is anticipated for 2016.

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