Chateau de Parenchere, is located at the easternmost edge of the Bordeaux region in France. The original foundations of the estate were laid in 1570 by Pierre de Parenchieres, Lord of Fourgoigniere, and was renovated in 1958 by Raphael Gazaniol. Of the 378 acres on the estate, 155 are under vine. The vineyards lie on the border between the Dordogne and the Lot et Garonne departments. The total size of the estate is 153 hectares of land. The vineyard is concentrated on 63 hectares (161 acres), planted on the estate’s best exposed plots and solely on hillsides so that rainwater drains away naturally. This way, fruit quality is not harmed by stagnating water, which would cause the grapes to swell. Also, thanks to this ideal exposure, the grapes get a lot of sun from the early morning until late in the evening, which help them to reach their best maturity level even in very difficult years. The grapes will therefore be able to plainly express all their aromas and richness. Here grapes are grow in chalky soil with a very high clay content, which is unusual for this area and which goes some way to accounting for the strength of the wines produced from them. The average vine age is 25 years old, but certain parcels now exceed 40 years of age. Planting density is between 3,300 and 5,700 vines per hectare and the vineyard management is very much rooted in the principles of sustainable agriculture.
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