«Do you garden? Have you noticed how the soil and the climate are of major importance to all harvests? For a vineyard it is the same. Happily, the 'terroir' of Bergerac reveals a mosaic of soils including clay / limestone and gravels. These soils are located on the fringes of the south west on the 'massif central' part of France and allow the development of different grape varieties. 'Terroir' is a word that does not have a direct English translation. It denotes the complex mix of soil type, climate, grape type/s and man that make up a vineyard and hence its wine.
It is good to learn to recognise the different soils. The land of clay and limestone looks like unbaked clay studded with porous white stones. It is a winemaker's dream that offers the freshness of clay and the filtering properties of limestone, a perfect environment for Merlot. The result: round, fine, fruity wines.
As for the gravel and clay soils, they contain clay and hard, round stones, created by rivers and streams. Merlot and cabernet franc grow perfectly in these soils, providing elegant and powerful wines.
This soil is combined with an almost continental climate: cold winters that offer the vines a real rest and plenty of sunshine in the growing season to promote the best maturity... Then with the right grape type in the right place and the passionate work of Man the Bergerac wines are born, each wine keeps its vintage personality thanks to the variable climatic conditions from one year to another! »