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Le Huret, Alderney
UK Channel Islands

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Chateau Mas Neuf

The location of Château Mas Neuf, half way up the Grand Sud slope of the Costières de Nîmes, is very special. The amount of sunshine hours enjoyed by the vineyard is similar to that in Languedoc or Provence, but the proximity of the ponds and sea allows the estate to derive benefit from the gentle thermal winds coming from the Mediterranean. At night and at the beginning of the day one often sees dew descend and it can be noticed that temperatures are 4 to 5°C lower than those noted in the interior of the lands in summer.

The main vineyard blocks grouped around the buildings enjoy good holding on well washed brown fersiallitic soils resulting in a large concentration of pebbles from the Durance and the Rhone dating from the Villafranchian era. These soils supply regular but moderate hydration to the vine. The differences in soil depth and composition create micro terroirs with various inputs, exacerbated by different work in the vineyard.


Grape varieties

The planted grape varieties are mainly Shiraz (30%), Red Grenache (28%), Carignan (16%), Mourvèdre (10%), Cinsaut (5%), Ugni Blanc (5%), White Grenache (4%), and Roussanne (2%) making up a total area of 62 hectares of vineyard and one hectare of olive trees.

The ages of the vines range between 3 and 90 years, with an average of around 30 years. On the other hand, some small blocks are used for experimental purposes for important grape varieties, which are less common in the sector: Viognier, Chardonnay and Merlot.

Terroir

In considering all aspects of the behaviour of the vineyard, the vines are encouraged to express themselves as completely as possible. Only spur pruning systems like Royat cordon pruning and Gobelet are used. Interventions during the unripe stage (de-suckering, de-budding, cluster thinning and topping) are implemented to adapt the vine to its micro-environment.

Most of the blocks are grassed and the others are ploughed. Only organic fertilisers are used and more for correctional purposes than for those of nourishment. All vineyard practices are in line with the terms of the TERRA VITIS charter for sustainable agriculture.

Grapes

The date of harvest is decided on after weekly then daily checks on maturity. Harvesting is done both mechanically and manually. The grapes harvested manually are for the most part, the white grapes and those for the Compostelle and block blends. This harvesting is preceded by selection of the grapes on the vine.

As far as the mechanical harvesting is concerned, this is done in a very careful, passive manner and in reducing the transport time to the winery.

External Links

website: http://www.chateau-mas-neuf.com/



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