Organic Winemaking at Château du Bloy
Château du Bloy established their current winemaking practices in the 1960’s and continue to vinify wines in the same manner with tradition and distinction. The estate is located between two beautiful towns Bergerac and Saint-Emilion. Olivier Lambert and Bertrand Lepoittevin-Dubost took over the estate in 2001 and have the aim is to raise the winery to the top level of winemaking in Southwestern France. Château du Bloy pays particular attention to organic agriculture with respect to the environment from the appellations Montravel – Bergerac.
Grape Varieties and Terroir Characteristics at Château du Bloy
The vineyards cover an area of 16.5 hectares in one main block. They extend on slopes of various expositions and grades with red grape varieties planted on 12.1 hectares, predominately Merlot and Cabernet Franc. For white grape varieties, they have 4.4 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle. The average age of vines is 30 years. The plantation density is 3300 to 5000 feet per hectare with the average yield in the vineyard is 30 hl per ha. The soil contains clay and a thin slit.
The Winemaking Process at Château du Bloy
The harvesting process is made on a plot-by-plot basis. In addition, they produce each grape variety independently. The fermentation of red wines is done for 3 to 6 weeks with pre-fermentation maceration, pumping over, and regular racking. The red wine Montravel “Le Bloy” is aged in barrels for 16 months, and the “Sirius” Cuvée for 12 months. For Red Bergerac, it is traditionally matured in cement tanks for 9 to 12 months. Regarding their white wines, the process is made up of several stages. Firstly, they perform a maceration on grape skins, then use a pneumatic press and a light settling. Then a cold pre-fermentation phase consists of chilling the grapes fairly quickly. Finally, they are careful with the temperature during fermentation. The winery ages their white wines in cement vats on fine lees with constant stirring or in barrels for the dry Montravel “Le Bloy”. Château du Bloy also produces a sweet wine under the appellation of “Côtes de Montravel”. Château du Bloy produces well-known organic wines showing great respect to the environment for the sustainability of their practices and the well-being of their consumers.
Plan a Visit to Château du Bloy
Enjoy the experience of Château du Bloy’s tasting room and explore their large variety of wines. Plan your next trip to Château du Bloy and discover the great vineyards and cellars. Be sure to contact them before visiting.