The garden of Saint-Estèphe
Located on gravel and clay soils, the Lilian Ladouys plots express the full complexity of Saint-Estèphe’s terroirs.
On the Cos plateau to the south-west of the appellation, the towers of Lilian Ladouys seem to break through a carpet of vines. The vineyards now cover around eighty hectares in the landscape of Saint-Estèphe, with a blend of perfect balance for the appellation : 80% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.
The vineyard, the focus of attention
Upon completion of its ambitious reparcelling programme, the estate undertook large-scale vineyard regeneration work. The aim was to recreate coherent islands of vines planted with carefully selected grape varieties in the spirit of a 19th-century vineyard. Gravel soils over clay and limestone subsoils - the appellation’s geological treasures - were consistently prioritised in the exchange and acquisition of land. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot occupy a prominent position among the new plantings.
for the soil
Anything which promotes aeration and microbial life within the soil is encouraged. Land treatment is adapted to the plant and its terroir, the soils are grassed over or tilled, and green manure made up of grains and legumes is sown. Cultivation method tests are conducted according to the lunar calendar with the aim of listening to and understanding our vineyard.