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Château la Dorgonne

The terroir
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The Dorgonne site is exceptional. Located on the South foothills of Luberon, the estate of 70 hectares (of a single piece) is located at a height of 350 metres surrounded by holm oaks and garrigues.
The soil is composed of about 60% sand and alluvium and 40% clay and limestone.
This specific composition, with sand in the upper layers and clay and limestone in the lower layers, allows to to drain the soil perfectly while forming water reserves deep down.
The different varieties of grape were planted in the most adequate plots:

The white varieties on plots containing mainly sand
The red varieties on plots containing more clay and limestone in depth

The relatively high position of the estate ensures a slow maturing process for grape.
Cool nights allow the sugar content to increase progressively, thus favouring delicacy and avoiding any excessive heaviness (on the contrary hot nights emphasise imbalance and vinosity in wines).

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Vines

Planting and orientation
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When the Château la Dorgonne vineyard was taken over in 1999, it was reorganised: 8 hectares of diseased or low quality grapevines were pulled out and replanted. We also proceeded to change the size of vine stocks from 7 to 4 spurs.

Some figures:

One hectare contains 4 200 vine stocks. This corresponds to a gap of 2,20m between each row and 0,90m between each vine stock.

Each young plant is attached to a beanpole (chestnut stake) which efficiently protects it against Mistral and enables it to grow.

A surprising figure: one hectare of vines contains the same amount of sugar as one hectare of beetroot.

In 2013, the vineyard consisting in 28 hectares of vines distributed in the following way

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Château la Dorgonne

Varieties of grape
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