A range of wines from the different soil types of the appellation are produced. The rich gravel soils by the river produce the first bottling each vintage, ‘Les Graves’, which is unoaked. Later in the year, after a year in barrel, the other cuvées will be bottled from the more sand and clay soils higher up the slope, with their unique tuffeau (limestone) subsoil. A range of different barrel sizes and coopers are used, including some Stockinger barrels from Austria which we spotted here when we visited in April. Les Graves is a great introduction to the grape, the appellation, the vintage and the producer.