Reasonable farming

The Chateau Clos de Sarpe estate belonging to the Beyney family enjoys an exceptional geographic location and very homogeneous soil. The vines grow in one plot on a clay-calcareous hillside and the gentle slope of the “Sarpe plateau” is south-east facing.

Pied de vignes

The vines are managed and the wines made by Jean-Guy Beyney and his wife Christine, with passion and focus and above all the greatest respect for the soil, vines and grapes.

Chateau Clos de Sarpe orients and develops its production according to the rules of reasonable agriculture, without any chemical additives , with great respect for the earth and nature's rhythms.

  • Planted area: 3ha70
  • Density: 5,500 vines/ha
  • Grape varieties: 85% Merlot - 15% Cabernet Franc
  • Soil: clay-chalk
  • Yield: around 24 hl/ha
  • Harvest: 100% hand-picked

Two-thirds of the vineyard are very old vines, from 55 to over 80 years old. The other third has vines between 10 and 25 years old. It exists as one whole parcel on a chalky-clay hillside with a slight slope and ideally south/south-east facing. The soil is rich, mixed with pebbles atop a 50cm sub-layer of iron dirt over a very hard calcareous base. The vines are grown completely naturally.

This approach goes hand-in-hand with accepting yields that are naturally very modest, for the greatest pleasure of enthusiasts who are looking for authenticity in their wines.
The policy of Château Clos de Sarpe is not to obtain lots of grapes at any cost. It focuses on the maximum amount of perfect grapes that the vine can offer naturally.

Traditional vine-growing methods: Vine-work and branch removal, nipping off of buds, thinning out of grapes and leaves all by hand. Grapes are harvested and rigorously sorted by hand.

Treatment of the vines: No weed killers, tilling only, no pesticides or insecticides, no botrytis treatment. The only treatment used on our vines is Bordeaux mixture with added sulphur but no unnatural ingredients that would lead to artificial vine growth that may damage their longevity.

Grape varieties: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc.
Blending the wines means heightening their qualities. When the blending process is mastered, it reveals characteristics typical of the terroirs where each of the assembled parts expresses themselves to the full.


the youngest of the Bordeaux grape varieties quickly became a star of the vineyards for its colour, fullness and fruity qualities. Colour, red berries and elegant tannins abound. This fine and elegant grape is tremendously full with unrivalled fruitiness and voluptuous velvetiness. Its second asset resides in the lovely aromatic range of red berries (raspberry and strawberry) and black berries, more or less jammy depending on the vintage. Notes of prune, violet, sweet spices, leather and undergrowth appear with ageing. Finally, beneath its charm and subtlety, it expresses elegant, feminine and sensual tannins. Even as a young wine, it is silky and supple on the palate.

Cabernet Franc

In the Bordeaux blend, it adds fullness, aromatic finesse and vivacity. A blend of two great grape varieties. Cabernet Franc stands apart with its elegant aromatics, spicy aromas, fine structure and ability to age well. Combined with Merlot, it provides fine tannins and a great potential for ageing.


“Vines and wines are divinely mysterious.

Vine is the only plant that renders the earth’s real flavour comprehensible.”


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