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Le Clos d’Entre les Murs

ANTOINE CRISTAL IS THE MAN BEHIND THIS UNIQUE PLOT OF LAND THAT HE HAD BUILT FROM 1894 OVER 0.56 HECTARES.

The uniqueness of the Walled Garden “Clos d’Entre les Murs” lies in its structure: Four perimeter walls 2.5 m high that enclose 11 parallel walls 2 m high by 60 cm deep, running east to west. The vine stock are planted on the north face of the walls and are trained to pass through a hole in the walls that is 50 cm from the ground to grow on the other side, facing due south.

 

Father Cristal’s ingenuity therefore relies on using the north side to take advantage of the cool and damp ground and the south side to benefit from the heat. Father Cristal’s trellises thus always had their “feet in the shade and their bellies in the sun”, allowing the vines to flourish and the grapes to mature perfectly every year. It is this innovative technique that provides the Clos d’entre les murs wine from the Walled Garden with its special quality.

Proud of Father Cristal’s legacy, today’s owners attach great importance to the unique Chenin plot contained within the Walled Garden and how it symbolises Château de Parnay. It is now the only plot classified as a historical monument by Bâtiments de France since January 2011.

For many years, the production of sweet wines has been abandoned in favour of a complex dry white wine combining mineral, floral, and fruity notes.

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