In this month’s Belgian wine article a Belgian château explains about its wines and soils.
Our wines are characterized by their specific soil cultivation. This diversity is made possible by the use of different vineyards. The different vineyards in our winery have a soil that mainly dates back to the Devonian period, roughly 380 to 400 million years ago. We have chosen the grapes to fit with certain soil structures. On our vineyard ‘St. Heribert’ on the edge of Profondeville, near the village of Criee de Wepion, we have cultivated a Pinot Noir ‘precoz’. The poor dense soil of this terrain is especially good for this grape. St. Heribert is part of the peak of Marlagne which is characterised by sandstone layers, quartzite and conglomerate banks, ‘schist’ and silt. Due to the constant wind, the vineyard dries out quickly and prevents diseases. This vineyard is possibly the highest in the Walloon region. It gives a juicy, very keepable pinot noir with a slightly fresh aftertaste.
Our vineyard ‘Falmange’, on the sunny hills of the river Meuse, is suitable for a variety of grapes. In the small valley, with sharp rising slopes, the soil formation of Lustin mainly contains chalk and sandstone. The river Meuse flows directly through various sedimentary layers. On this fertile soil rich in chalk, the white Chardonnay, Auxerrois, Müller-Thurgau and Pinot Gris ripe together with the red Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Acelon. Our top vineyard ‘Terrassen Valburnot’ now contains Pinot Noir grapes. In the future it will also have Muscat and Chardonnay under the watchful eye of the Virgin Mary. These terrassens, situated due south, are almost Mediterranean, and this is reflected by the warm slopes. They bring full, powerful wines that will give an everlasting memory. The Burnot-formation was formed in the Devonian period and contains sandstone, conglomerate, tourmaline, ‘schist’ and silt.