NEW EFFICIENT FACILITIES
The winery was designed by Bernard Mazières, who is renowned for his know-how on many winegrowing estates. The style of the new building is inspired by the traditional cellars on the right bank of the Garonne River that combine sober simplicity and noble materials, such as stone, timber and brushed metal. It is very light and faces the vineyard with large horizontal windows and views over the vines both for the vathouse itself and the offices, meeting rooms and tasting area on the first floor.
The vathouse is oval shaped and frees up space so that tasks can be efficiently carried out around the 22 epoxy resin-coated concrete tanks. The volume of each tank has been defined after the surface of the parcels of the estate. Each of them receive its own dedicated vat. By being lower and wider, the tanks naturally increase the contact surface area between the juice and the marc. The access hatches in the tops of the tanks are large and centrally positioned for effective pumping over. The vathouse design made it possible to totally reorganise how it is used:
- In the new building, the harvest is brought right inside and ends up in the middle of the vathouse, from where the grapes can be sent up into the tanks with a mobile, removable system that is gentler with the fruit.
- The flow of people and materials and access between the vathouse and the barrel cellar have been improved.
- The vathouse is also an ideal venue for dinners and tastings, which permit its optimization when vinification is over.
- A tasting room overlooking the vineyard and the vathouse is ideally located for welcoming professionals.