Carsin has 22 hectares of vineyards from which 12 are red and 8 are white grape varieties. Currently, there's also 1 hectared planted in 2018 and 1 hectare of fallow land to be planted in the future. The oldest vines were planted in 1984 and from these old vines we make the best Cuvée in exceptional vintages.
We believe in nature. By reducing chemical weeding and using compost we increase the vineyard biodiversity and soil revitalisation. Our practices are sustainable and we are converting our parcels to 100% organic viticulture.
At Carsin, we cultivate 9 different grape varieties; 3 whites and 6 reds. White varieties are Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris. Red varieties are Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Petit Verdot.
The majority of our vines are the common varieties of the Bordeaux region, but we are also proudly cultivating some less common varieties such as Sauvignon Gris, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere, which all have their roots in Bordeaux, though might be mostly known in other parts of the world these days. They have showed great results in our vineyards and now they have become essential ingredients in our wines. We enjoy experimenting with different varieties and hoping to plant some Grenache and Chardonnay in the future.
We own all the parcels and this means that our wines are made only from vineyards that our own vineyard team takes care of. This is important for maintaining good quality. We have been able to acquire a large part of Château Carsin’s original vineyards as well, though many new vineyards have been planted at Château Carsin since we took over the estate (the first vintage was in 1990). We have kept some of the best vineyards with old vines, but most of our present vineyards have been re-planted by us.
At this moment, there is a total of 22 hectares of vineyards. Some of them are up to 5 kilometers from the Château, but most are found within a radius of several hundred meters. 20 hectares are in production and about 2 hectare is waiting to be planted.
Merlot 8,9 ha
Cabernet Franc 1,2 ha
Malbec 0,8 ha
Carmenere 0,7 ha
Cabernet Sauvignon 0,3 ha
Petit Verdot 0,1 ha
Sauvignon Blanc 2,9 ha
Semillon 2,7 ha
Sauvignon Gris 2,7 ha
Sauvignon Gris plantation 1,2 ha
--> production in 2020
Château Carsin is located in the “Côtes de Bordeaux”, literally “the hills of Bordeaux”. These hills run along the eastern bank of the Garonne upstream from the city of Bordeaux. Our vineyards are essentially composed of clay-limestone soil, some parcels have a gravel topsoil. A high concentration of clay is best suited for growing Merlot grapes.
Soil structure is important in regulating water uptake. Our vineyards have clear differences in soil composition and these all play a part in the final blend. Clay will produce heavier and stronger wines. Gravel on the other hand will give the grapes ripeness and more intensive aromas.