There is a marvelous mosaic of diversity in the lands and soils of the Arjolle Estate, just like the vintners who work the land and the wines that are produced here.
While some spots, like the Pechs Heights (hills) offer sweeping vistas over wide, rolling spaces, others, like the banks of the Thongue are much more intimate. There is a common denominator that links all of the Arjolen soils. They are bountiful and generous and give the best of themselves.
On the plateaus of the Arjolle estate, the soils are heavy, made up of gravelly clays of the Pliocene era. This type of soil is much beloved by the Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache grape varieties.
Near the Pechs Heights you’ll find parcels on gravelly-clay marls and soils that have developed atop soft limestone. These lands are well-structured with the help of composting, and that’s where the best Syrah grapes are harvested, to give all that finesse to the Paradox variety.
The landscape most common on the estate is composed of limestone molasse, structured in Miocene era beds or in hilly slopes. The soil, with its light color, is composed of sandy marls or sandy-lime marls that are of varying depths. These lands are generous, easy to work, and grassy in autumn, which protects them from erosion provoked by heavy winter rains. It’s atop these well-aerated beds that the Sauvignons, Chardonnays, Muscats and Viogniers yield the best white wines of the Arjolle.
Along the bottom of the drainage fields or along the waterways that cut across the landscape, there are some alluvial soil beds and some slope-bottom colluvial sections. It is on this type of land, where water is hardly rationed, that you’ll find the best spots for growing the Estate’s Merlots and Cabernet Francs. Production and strength can be regulated using permanent vegetation between the rows of vines. The selective harvesting of Merlot makes it possible to create the Synthesis variety of Arjolle.
The property’s vineyards are a wonderful space where nature flourishes. “Our passion is to foster the biodiversity of these natural spaces and to improve the quality of our lands so we can continue to produce wines that match our dedication.”
At the Arjolle Estate, this commitment is evidenced by the clearing of overgrown brush, for example, which resulted in the appearance of two varieties of wild orchids. Planting 950 trees and bushes has promoted the population of birds and insect habitats. Three temporary ponds have been created to satisfy all the water needs of this little community. We’ve also tended to the grassy borders of our vineyard rows so we can encourage flora and fauna and thereby contribute to the quality of the soil and the water.
The vintners of Arjolle are proud to produce wines that are synonymous with environmental harmony on the planet and with the joy of people who live on it.
Our commitment to biodiversity is evidenced by our clearing of overgrown brush, thereby facilitating the appearance of two varieties of wild orchid; bird and insect habitats take root in the 950 trees and bushes that have been newly planted, and three temporary ponds contribute to the sustainability of the estate.
Care and good management of the grassy edges of the vineyard rows fosters biodiversity of flora and fauna and contributes to the quality of the soil and the water.
This slow and meticulous work is exalting! The Arjolle vintners are gratified to pass this witness along so that together, production and sale of wine contribute to the sustainable balance of our planet and the happiness of the people who live here!