Acquired in 1998, this magnificent 30-hectare vineyard, almost in one piece on the limestone plateau, is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The average age of the vineyard is 20 years old.Major renovations were carried out on the vineyards as well as on the cellars. Following the enlargement of the vineyard in 2009, Max de Pourtalès has built a new cellar and a new barrel cellar, to optimize the development of wine.
"My philosophy is not to make too much wines as the whole world can do ... but on the contrary, to obtain fine and elegant wines. That does not prevent to have matter, but it is necessary to respect the balance and the freshness, finally all that characterizes the great wines of Bordeaux " Max de Pourtalès
"My philosophy is not to make too much wines as the whole world can do ... but on the contrary, to obtain fine and elegant wines. That does not prevent to have matter, but it is necessary to respect the balance and the freshness, finally all that characterizes the great wines of Bordeaux "
Max de Pourtalès
The origins of the property are old, editions Féret already spoke in the edition of 1850: "Bordeaux and its wines". The vineyard, located on the clay-limestone part of the municipality of Saint Seurin de Cadourne, consists of beautiful rumps and slight slopes facing south. The soil structure is of sandy-clay type. This very limestone soil brings freshness and finesse, typical of the great wines of Bordeaux. Tillage and organic composting, while maintaining the balance of the soil, naturally have controlled yields and have also helped to promote underground life, without generating vigor for the vine. The reconstitution of an environment respectful of natural balances, becomes then an absolute priority for Max de Pourtalès. The replanting program since the acquisition of the property has led, due to the nature of the soil, to a grape variety with a strong dominant Merlot.
Max de Pourtalès has a very specific objective: to obtain a healthy and ripe grape. The valorization of the soil and the plant in its natural environment is made thanks to a so-called "reasoned" culture; all work and treatments carried out on the vines are done in an environmentally friendly way. A rigorous selection of products is made upstream and a precise choice takes place on the most ecological. Tillage and inputs of organic compost, while maintaining the balance of the soil, allow naturally to have mastered yields. Thus, Max de Pourtalès does not use any toxic products either for the vine or for the man and consequently, there is no residue in the wines which it produces. Max de Pourtalès remains attentive to his soil, the plant in his environment: a natural whole treated with respect, accuracy and application.