Very characteristic, three different types of terroir are identified since the Middle Ages in Saint Emilion, the plateau where soils rich in clay dominate a limestone substrate, the argilo-calcareous hills, the valleys rich with the Dordogne’s alluvium, without forgetting the multiple micro-terroirs with very diverse soils, formation, exposure that sign a very specific territory. The grands crus privileged the plateau and the hills and are absent from the valleys. There, livestock farming and food crops, without forgetting the essential hay, have been privileged until the 19th century when the castles that we know appeared.
Stone is omnipresent in the architecture but also in the vineyards even though today the desire of a well thought out biodynamy allows you to see grass growing between the vine stocks. The light beige stones make it all bright, tones changing from dawn to sunset, which looks like the village is blazing up. The sloping roofs bring contrasts, answered by the illuminated hills or thrown back into shadows. The same goes for the vineyards, leaving to the sky a vast space to shape the rising or setting sun’s light illuminating the tight and organised vine stocks rows.
And this is what filled Gérard and Chantal Perse with wonder the first time they discovered Saint Emilion and took the decision to give a new orientation to their lives. They established themselves at the heart of this singular landscape and worked the terroir to magnify its qualities to produce exceptional wines.