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Seeking to achieve perfect symbiosis

Great wine is born of an implied bond between people and their terroir. It comes above all from their overriding desire to get things right, from their devotion in looking after the vines and the soil to the best of their ability and from the precision with which they craft the wines. Everything counts, and at Château Petit Val the greatest attention is paid to working in harmony with our vines. It is our ambition to achieve perfect symbiosis between nature, the hand of Man and the wine produced, to ensure we get the very best.

The real asset of the Château Petit Val estate is the diversity and complementarity of its different terroirs. The vineyard consists of 12 hectares (30 acres) of perfectly balanced sandy clay and clayey limestone soils, ideal characteristics for wine growing.

Led by the estate manager David Liorit, our team has adopted a rational cultivation process that prioritises a balanced approach aiming to enrich our soil, protect the fruit and leave time for the benefit of our wines.

  • We aim to grow our wines while protecting our vines and their environment by sowing cereals, encouraging the use of grass as a cover crop and increasing biodiversity by planting fruit trees, hedges and by setting up hives. We control yields depending on the potential of the vines.
  • sIn order to protect the fruit the grapes are picked by hand and placed carefully in trays to ensure they are not damaged. They are immediately cooled to avoid oxidation and cleaned using a Viniclean machine, then sorted by hand. This way we ensure that only the very best of the harvest, the “caviar” remains.
  • Throughout the winemaking process, we take time: the fruit undergoes a cold soak to give it time to express itself fully, to extract the intense colour and silk of the wine. The winery and ageing cellar have been reorganised to improve wine making conditions. Château Petit Val is made in stainless steel vats, while the more concentrated Muse du Val is made by vinifying whole grapes. With great thoroughness, David Liorit meticulously blends and crafts the wines that are enhanced by time.

The ambition to share enjoyment

Jean-Louis Alloin and David Liorit share the ambition of giving Château Petit Val all the advantages of a Grand Cru Classé by focussing on quality both in the vineyard and the winery.

Château Petit Val has embarked on a quality process that strives to combine the generosity of the soil with the know-how of Man, to extract the very best and propose wines worthy of the great appellations. All the hard work done since the property was acquired has definitely borne fruit.

To express the best from this terroir and ensure the estate’s long life, substantial investments have been made and work carried out: the winery has been enlarged and the stainless steel vats renovated and equipped to enable cap punching, while the cellars have been modernised. This work was done to reorganise processes and reveal the beauty and quality of this people-sized estate, while sharing our lifestyle with visitors.