Château Cantelaudette Sans Soufre Ajouté Graves de Vayres Rouge 2019
Jean-Michel’s vineyards are located just to the west of Libourne, a village that borders the western edges of Saint-Emilion and Pommerol, the two greatest Bordeaux producing villages on the right bank of the Garonne River. The vineyard land (which was replanted shortly after they began the recovery project) is flat but makes up for it with classic Bordeaux soils with good drainage for good winegrowing. All their wines are grown on variations of gravel, silt, sand and clay, in every soil distribution from sandy-loam, clayey-loam, loam, etc.—so pretty much every type of grain-sized particle and structure to describe a soil! The variation of soil structures depends on the elevation of each vineyard and its proximity to the river.
Like most of Bordeaux next the rivers and close to the Atlantic, the climate brings humid sea breezes throughout the year and the Garonne River helps to further regulate temperatures on the extreme sides of cold and hot; Bordeaux varietals (the Cabs, Merlot, etc.) need medium warm to very warm climates for quality production.