Château de Myrat: Vineyards

The vineyards of Château de Myrat are situated in Haut-Barsac in the south-western section of the appellation, where the majority of the Barsac properties of note are to be found. It is situated just around the corner from Château Cantegril, which as I have already alluded was once entered into a union with Château de Myrat. This estate sits just to the west, and the vineyards are directly contiguous. Just to the east is Château Coutet, little more than a few hundred metres away, and to the south are the vineyards of Château Doisy-Daëne and Château Doisy-Védrines, as well as Château Climens. The Ciron flows to the south and east, a couple of kilometres distant. Much closer, to the north and west, natural woodland is important in determining the local microclimate.

Chateau de Myrat

The estate is spread over 30 hectares in all, of which the original 22 hectares planted up in 1988 remain dedicated to the vine, the remaining 8 hectares being parkland. The soil underfoot consists of a deep red clay, between 30 and 40 centimetres deep, which lies over fissured limestone, this being very typical of the Barsac appellation. The rich, red-brown soils are easily visible and are thus very often discussed in relation to the character of the wine, although it is probably more likely the deeper limestone that gives Barsac its most racy, exciting, energetic style. The mix of varieties in the vineyard is weighted towards Semillon, this variety accounting for 88% of the vines, with the remainder being 8% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Muscadelle. These were the vines planted in 1988, and thus the proportions of the three varieties in the vineyard have not changed since then.

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