The vineyard can be divided into three clearly-identified terroirs:
- The limestone plateau, situated around 85 meters above the Dordogne. Profile: white lithic limestone (white limestone soil on "starfish limestone”).
- The hillside, situated around 55 meters above the Dordogne. Profile: finely-textured brown limestone on Fronsadais molasse (heavy clay-limestone soil).
- The foothills, situated around 35 meters above the Dordogne. Profile: colluvial brown limestone on non-limestone fluvial sands (clay-limestone soil at the bottom of the slope) and brown, large-grained soils (sandy clay).
This combination benefits from conditions that are extremely favourable to viticulture: naturally poor soil, excellent sunshine with its due southern exposure, natural drainage of the soil due to the slop, and the very little frost the vineyard receives due to the west wind.
The vineyard is manually worked in its entirety. Château Pavie's team is out among the vines throughout the entire year. Great attention is given to green harvesting.
We always strive for optimal maturity. The grapes are hand-harvested and transported to the vat house in small crates for selection on double sorting tables.
This process consists of sacrificing a portion of each vine's grape bunches in order to improve the quality of those which remain.
This operation leaves well-distributed bunches of superior quality on the vine with good air circulation and sun exposure to achieve even ripening. There is no doubt that good maturity is a major factor in a wine's quality.