The original vineyards sit in the village of Saint Christophe, 3km east of Saint-Emilion, totalling 9 hectare and sitting on clay and clay-sand. The owner has recently purchased 1.5 hectares on the other side of town, next door to Château Figeac in the north-west of the appellation, which has thin, alluvial soils that are well suited to the two Cabernets.
Since the purchase of Badette in 2012, Vandenbogaerde has restructured several parcels of vines and is considering replanting some Merlot plots with Cabernet Franc. The current composition of the vineyard is 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot.
There’s a move toward greener viticulture too: grass cover in the vineyard and an end to herbicide use. Hand picking has been introduced under the new ownership in a bid to improve quality.