The grapevines are planted in a clay and calcareous soil and can be found above the Dordogne’s riverbed. Our wines are made with traditional Bordeaux grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec for the red and Sauvignon for the white.
In order to maintain the quality of our wines, we try to restrict the average yield per hectare. The average age of the vines is 25 years. The excellence of the Château le Sèpe’s wines is explained by the outstanding quality of our land.
Our approach is environmentally friendly and aims at protecting Château Le Sèpe’s terroir: the thinning of the vines is manually done and we tend to reduce the established use of phytosanitary products as much as we can. This approach is being helped by the fact that the vines are planted on a hill.
The grape harvests are mechanically accomplished.
Fermentations are controlled by thermoregulation.
The vats are pumped over several times a day for a better extraction of the tannins.
Then, the maturing process differs depending on the type of vintage: the wine matures in stainless steel or concrete-made vats for classical vintages, while the “Cuvée Initiale” vintage matures in French oak barrels.
Château Le Sèpe’s wines have been awarded a number of silver and gold medals for the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 vintages. In November 2013 Château Le Sèpe was selected by Decanter among the best Bordeaux wines.
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