01. The Terroir

Our vines

Our vineyard of 3 hectares (7,4 acres) is located in Beaunay as well as in Celles-lès-Condé. This surface allows us to work our parcels like gardens, with the greatest respe

The average age of our family vineyard is over 30 years old. We mostly have Chardonnay 45% Meunier and Pinot Noir represents only 15% of our vineyard.

Clovers in our parcels – “Les Gras d’Huile” – BEAUNAY

For the past 10 years, we have favoured the sowing of clovers in our plots to ensure that a balanced ecosystem thrives and that our soils are kept alive. We resonate our viticultural practices as close as possible to our vines, each gesture is thought out to maintain harmony and to be able to transmit to the wine the most accurate “information terroir” possible.

Alternating with clover, our vines are cultivated with light ploughing and scratching in order to promote the development of microbial life and the rooting of the vine. Only life is capable of transmitting information from the land, which is why we must put the fragmented ecosystem back at the centre of our work.

To feed our soil in the fall, we use only organic amendments. Recently we have set up winter cutlery that we use as mulching in the spring.

All year round, we work with fermented extracts (nettle, burdock, officinal sage, horsetail…) to strengthen and stimulate the microbial life of the soil, strengthen plants, fight against mildew and powdery mildew when the years allow me.

Our Soils

The Beaunay vineyard is located on geological undulations that form a succession of promontories in continuity with the Côte des Blancs. The vineyard is therefore logically planted on its undulations and preferably on the south, south-east and south-west faces for maximum sunshine.

Beaunay’s deep soils are composed of white and soft chalk. This chalk was formed by sedimentation of coccoliths during the Secondary era.

Each plot has its own characteristics.

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Geological table of the estate’s plot

Lieux-DitsSoils
Les Gras d’huile :Lignite clays and dense Thanetian chalk.
Les Bas Vigny :White chalk with slightly clayey passages
Les Gourdaines :Brown/red clay slightly ground and limestone from the Ypresiann
Les Basses Sources Souris :Brown clay, marl and hard chalk
Les Hautes Sources Souris :Green clay and hard chalk
Les Cormonts :Limestone clay with lignite and hard chalk
Les Vignettes :Very calcareous clays and hard calcareous subsoil

Maxime Oudiette, Beaunay