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Our Soil

Location, Location, Location

The Neuchâtel wine region is nestled in the southern flanks of the Swiss Jura mountains and consists of slopes created by the ancient Rhône glacier. Its vineyards stretch along the length of the Lac de Neuchâtel.

Our vineyard holdings include two sites that are 10 km apart, and our wines fall into the two corresponding appellations: “Auvernier” for those west of Neuchâtel and “Hauterive” for those to the east of the city.

Our vines are planted between 440 and 510 meters in altitude, over a total surface area of close to 10 hectares (22 acres). The soil is argile-calcareous, with a pH that varies between 7.6 and 8.1.

Auvernier Terroir

The sedimentary and glacial till covered terrain of Auvernier’s vineyards provides lots of deep soil for the vines planted there. The soil in some specific vineyards (La Brena, Les Abesses,

La Grand’Vigne) also contains particles of marlstone, whose clay content ensures the continuous hydration of the vines, even in summer. This soil is particularly well-adapted for the production of aromatic white wines. Other vineyards such as La Pierre, Les Lerins, Les Tires, and Le Montillier, are composed of iron-rich, red soil that covers a rocky subsurface, and the limestone foundation is not far below. Because its structure collects and holds water easily, this land is well-suited to Pinot Noir vines.

Hauterive Terroir

The land in Hauterive is a classic example of the complete erosion of the topsoil. Here, the calcareous foundation is less than one meter beneath the surface. The iron-rich soil lying atop the yellow, cracked limestone (pierre d’Hauterive), allows the vine’s roots to seek out water sources far below the surface, the perfect growing environment for Pinot Noir. The Dazelets vineyard (~2 acres) yields a red wine that reflects this very distinctive terroir.

 

Domaine de La Maison Carrée · Jean-Denis, Christine & Alexandre Perrochet

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