The terroir of Château de la Vieille Chapelle is located on the Dordogne alluvial system, a privileged site. It is made up of 11 hectares of vines. The soil of the vineyard is made up mainly of fine and deep clays, but also of alluvial deposits - silts. These soils are complicated to work. The proximity to the Dordogne river brings advantages for the management of the vineyard and contributes to the quality of our wines. We also benefit from a microclimate on the estate thanks to this proximity.
In 2008, we stopped using herbicides and from 2009, pesticides. Since 2010, we have been using alternative and natural treatments. Since 2013, all wines have been certified organic (Ecocert) and we obtained biodynamic certification in 2017 (Demeter).
The different grape varieties
The estate is divided into 11 different grape varieties. You can find: Merlot, Bouchalès, Castet, Mancin, Cot, Carménère and many others. These grape varieties allow us to produce organic wines, in white, red and rosé.
At Château de la Vieille Chapelle, we are concerned about respecting the environment and the work of men, in order to guarantee the quality of our wine.
Bio & Biodynamics
Biodynamic viticulture is a work of the land and the vines respectful of the rhythm of the seasons and of natural influences, in order to guarantee the health of the soil, people and animals. We have been certified organic since 2013, and we have had Demeter (biodynamic) certification since 2017. On a daily basis, we do not cease small gestures to preserve our places of life and our environment: short circuit, local supply, organic products, etc.
The Vines of the Future
After a genetic analysis of the vines in 2009, we discovered a very old variety from the southwest: Bouchalès. In 2014, we launched an ampelographic study on 400 vines, and we found 11 grape varieties. Since 2016, we have been working on the “Vignes du Futur” project, the objective of which is to replant old grape varieties, in order to find these forgotten aromas.