Since they first began planting in the Médoc two hundred years ago, the Bouey Family has been justifiably proud of their exceptional vine-growing land and the exceptional estates that work them.

The Bouey Family and Stéphane Derenoncourt work together on these six Château estates and apply methods whose focus is the earth itself. They know that the type of soil and sub-soil below that will determine how the vine grows and the wine develops.

Here in the Médoc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are by far the dominant grape varieties, with the occasional plot of Petit Verdot and Cot, otherwise known as Malbec.
Each Château, and sometimes each individual plot, has its own unique proportion of chalk, sand, clay, silt and gravel in its soil.

The sheer variety of soil types, both at the surface and deeper underneath, will have a direct impact on how quickly the earth warms up in spring, how much water it can retain, the nourishment it affords the vine, the soil acidity and even the micro-climate around that particular plot. Moreover, it will govern how the grapes ripen and their composition, from their aromatic diversity to the quality and quantity of their tannins.