One of the oldest terroir in Bordeaux
The terroir was recognised by a decree signed on the 9th of September 1987. The climate, soil and traditions of quality production give birth to the Pessac-Léognan appellation.
The gravel crests (remains of successive alluvial terraces of the Garonne) give rise to the undulating landscape of Pessac-Léognan. Thus the Château Carrosse planted vines on the highest point of Martillac.
A rich and diversified terroir
The soil composed of deep gravel, clayey gravel, clay and calcareous clay makes Pessac-Léognan terroir famous.
The Château Carrosse Martillac has introduced vine varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot) according to different types of soil, to extract their best expression and proceed to a vinification divided into parcels. Indeed, the different types of soil give a singular identity to the wine and vine varieties.
Pessac-Léognan’s soil is perfectly suited to vine. It benefits from a favourable microclimate, protected by the Garonne River and the Landes Girondines forest.
The homogeneity of the gravel enables the permeability of the soil and favours drainage.
The vine feels like home and its roots draw the water needed from deep underground: more than 3 metres deep (118 in approx).
The pebbles and gravel on the surface absorb the heat of the sun's rays in daylight and release it at night, thus contributing to a better ripening of the cluster.