Lying on deep gravel in the appellation of Saint-Julien, Cabernet Sauvignon is king here, accounting for 70% of all plantings. Merlot represents 22% of the vineyard area with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot making up the numbers.
The 60 hectare estate now boasts an average age of 40 years with some vines more than a century old. The younger vines are used for the second wine, Duluc de Branire-Ducru, which was introduced upon Maroteaux’s arrival.
The vineyard is increasingly sustainable with grass cover and ploughing rather than using herbicides and there are some organic trials in progress.