INNOVATION AT THE SERVICE OF WINE
Caroline and Patrick Teycheney have an ambitious project. They have acquired excellent plots and technical buildings in the Gaillard locality of Saint–Hippolyte from the Papon-Nouvel family. They now want to modernize the capacity and processes of the production facilities to fit the terroir, and to balance tradition and modernity in the renovation of a quality building. They wish to share their passion for wine and welcome other wine lovers. For this they imagine dedicated tasting areas and a friendly boutique modeled on American family run wineries. The Château Fleur de Lisse winery is to become the emblem of Vignobles Jade. It will centralize the production of our different Saint-Emilion wines.
MADE TO MEASURE PRODUCTION FACILITIES
The renovation work was carried out in harmony with the existing architecture. It aims to reveal it. The main investment went into the technical side. The aesthetics were not ignored however. Attention was paid to the choice of fine, resilient, sustainable materials. Nicolas Géré, our technical director, imagined the process as the successive stages, from harvest to bottling, of the grapes, as they become wine. The first harvest took place in the new vat room in September 2020. It provides optimal conditions for calm, precise work.
INNOVATION AT ITS BEST
We inherited a top quality concrete vat room from the Papon Nouvel family. We have added 21 double-walled stainless steel Defranceschi vats. This Italian company specializes in custom built vats that combine design and technicality. They supply top estates such as Château D’Yquem and Château La Gaffelière. Jade Vineyards use a combination of single and double compartment vats for precision winemaking based on plots, varietals and yields. The total vat capacity is 1500 hectoliters (around 40 US gallons). All the wines made here are organically certified since 2020.
À LA CARTE AGING
The aging cellar is 115m long. The barrels, casks and tall Roman style jars (amphora) housed in this cathedral-like structure, allow the wine to breath slowly. The team chooses the barrels to match the type of wine. They are one part of the aging process. The amphorae make up the other part. Each material has its own role to play. Tava amphorae were chosen for their ability to impart bright aromas and smooth tannins. We want to produce “authentic” wines. These are wines where the purity of the fruit allows the terroir to shine through. They are a direct result of our vineyards decisions taken in keeping with our biodynamic principles.