It was known Maine Gazin had very special terroir; the soil limestone clay mix, sloping south to north and the moderating influence of the Gironde. However, the vineyard had developed in an ad-hoc way over the generations. The advice was to replant vines to modern standards. Re-planting was completed in 2016.
It was a difficult and expensive decision and a real back to basics learning of all processes of viticulture.
The 268 rows at 2 metre spacings run north-south and are grown with a high canopy to allow the full sun exposure.
Merlot is the predominant grape variety in Bordeaux wine, particularly on the right bank of the Gironde River. Merlot represents 64% of the vineyard. Petit Verdot @ 19% and Cabernet Franc @ 17% form the balance of vines.