Terroir : fields of stones

The great limestone cliffs from which the scree hurtled date from the end of the secondary Cretateus period. Shards from the cliffs dating to the ice ages are at the base of the fertile Hortus land.

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On the slopes : layers of scree, at varying depths, lie on the bedrocks; in that all drain well, they are able to retain large reserves of water. This means that, thanks to the roots' ability to penetrate up to six metres into the soil, the vines can benefit from water throughout the hot season without suffering from drought.
Low down in the valley, there are small alluvial terraces all long the dry Terrieu river bed. The soil on these terraces is made up of scree swept flat by the river, and mixed with white clay and soft limestone (a geological substrata caused when the river bed started forming).

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At the heart of the Pic Saint Loup,
in the Val de Montferrand, a vineyard
in the heart of the wild garrigue and the hearts of men

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