Exceptional Situations
The area of “ Graves “, a descent  thousand years old , alchemy between stones, sun and vine
Graves is the oldest appellation of Bordeaux. It is estimated that the first vines have been planted more than two thousand years ago. They form an enclave of 50 km long and 10 km to 20 km wide extending from the south of Bordeaux to Langon. The Bordeaux Graves are protected from the elements by pine forests on one side and on the other side, cooled down by the Garonne river during the harsh summers.
Graves is the only French wine bearing the name of its soil, "Las Grabas de Bourdeus", the Bordeaux Graves in Gascon . For the record, one “grave” is a soil composed of stones, often pebbles mixed with gravel and sand that were carried by the millennial floods of the Garonne. Their peculiarity lies in the nature of the composition of the stones themselves: they absorb the heat of the sun during the day and slowly repeat it at night. This allows the vines to ripen steadily promoting an early harvest. These miraculous stones and soil also have other advantages: they provide good drainage by encouraging the flow of rainwater. Finally, the poverty of the lower layers of the soil allows the vine to deploy deep roots to draw onto the base the nutrients it requires. Inside the enclosed plot of land , the Grand Enclos, and on the superb Plateau of Podensac, the mixture of pebbles, gravel and sand deposits, with great wine-growing potential, occupies meters and meters in depth.

Saint-Emilion, a true land of legend
The vineyards of Saint-Emilion share with Graves and Entre-Deux Mers the privilege of being the oldest vineyards of Bordeaux. The village of Saint-Emilion watch proudly on its vineyard, perched 90 meters in altitude, with the unsullied beauty of the fortified city. To the south, beyond the plateau rising above the town of Saint-Emilion, the solid clay and limestone massif   slopes down towards the Dordogne, passing by Château Mondorion.  On an hillside primarily oriented  towards the South and South-east, the poverty  of the soil and the exposure  combine in this place to form another great terroir. Over a soil of sand and gravel, with a layer of iron pan  in the sub-stratum, naturally drained , the old vines draw  all the elements necessary to give the wine a fruity and velvety femininity around a frame of a rare elegance.

The respect for the vines, the choice of quality
In Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons, we treat the vines with love and respect. It is by hand that the most important operations are being made: the ploughing, the pruning, the reduction of the buds, the thinning out of the leaves and finally the harvesting. Chemical treatments have been reduced to the minimum since a long time, in favour of an attentive listening punctuated by the seasons and flawless care . At harvest time, each bunch of grapes is scrutinized by watchful eyes to remove any unwanted seed, to then be deposited gently into small crates. And as mistakes are only human, the precious grapes are sorted again, before entering the doors of the cellar.  It is with this same respect and attention that the wine elaboration will take place so that nature and soil will give the best of themselves. While taking advantage of both brand new and revolutionary material, the winemaking team impresses a particular style for white and liquoreux  wines with natural fat  without excluding the freshness ,and not to mention the balanced red wines, well blended and concentrated. For the latter on both domains, the very large casks optimize gentle extraction of colour and aromas by encouraging the relationship between the juice and the marc depth. After fermentation, the wines are then put into barrels where they will spend between 12 and 15 months depending to the vintage. From this slow maturation, they will acquire the real substance and finesse that make the characteristic of all great wines.

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