The renaissance of the estate
- Acquisition of the estate with a surface of 34 ha, of which 28 are in production.
- Taking account of what already existed, it was necessary to rethink the entire chain of production, following a demanding set of specifications, to ensure the development of excellent raw materials and to re-establish a high level of quality.
- Analysis of each plot in order to provide correct fertilising.
- Reconstitution of the trellising plans to optimise photosynthesis.
- Working the soil and establishing sustainable farming methods.
- Optimisation of the means of production.
- Search for complementary terroirs
- Continuation of work undertaken in order to receive the 97 vintage in the best conditions..
- Ploughing the soil in four passages, according to its hardness.
- Reconstruction of the Syrah trellises.
- More severe pruning in order to control the yield.
- Fight against parasites and diseases through sustainable farming.
- Improvement in the way the harvest is collected and stored.Sunny and warm vintage of great quality. 1998 taught us a lot and thus get a warm welcome in the specialised press.
- Acquisition of 2,5 ha of gravel fields.
- Chardonnay and Merlot planted.
- The vintage was quite similar to that of 1998, with more supple and silky wines, reflecting the work undertaken both in the vineyards and in the cellar.
- Plantation of the vines increasing the proportion of Mourvèdre.
- Acquisition of 9 ha of land and leasing of 13 ha planted with A.O.C. grape varieties
- Green pruning and de-leafing, followed by the purchase of a sorting table.
- A damper year compared with the previous ones, but with a better approach to the terroir for our blends.
- The plants appear to have benefited fully from the different actions undertaken on the ground.
- Acquisition of a “cap punching” machine for a finer grape extraction.
- A challenging vintage which, nevertheless, enabled us to assess the results of our efforts both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Characteristics defining 2001 were concentration, strong tannins, and complexity.
- Pursuit of the “house philosophy”.
- Investment in an oak barrel cellar.
- A challenging vintage, which required a maximum level of risk taking in order to bring to the press a perfectly matured grapes. Risks played out due to a problematic blossoming and change of colour of the berries. Small yields, great maturity and high concentration characterised the Château Cabezac wines for 2002.