Viticultural know-how

Fine wine starts out in the vineyard, so we make sure to produce healthy, ripe grapes!
VINEYARD POLICY
The cooperative's vineyard policy consists of coordinating practices in order to make the sorts of wines that consumers are looking for. This policy defines production objectives in keeping with sustainable development and respect for the environment. We also make several different cuvées from separate plots according to precise specifications and with a particular style of wine in mind.
CARTOGRAPHY
In order to attain their goals, the Cave de Lugon has made sure to acquire the necessary technical means. These include computerised traceability of each vineyard plot in a detailed data base, which makes for close management.

Winemaking Expertise

We select grapes with a particular style of wine in mind, and then use the most appropriate winemaking techniques.
The vintage
The condition sine qua non for making good wine is to harvest ripe, healthy grapes. The cooperative's oenology laboratory enables every member to follow the degree of ripeness in their vineyards. Winegrowers are in constant contact with technical staff at the cellar to define the ideal date for picking in keeping with the profile of the cellar's various cuvées. For instance, rosé wine calls for early picking in order to retain freshness. In fact, ripeness is measured in keeping with several different parameters, and our laboratory systematically performs traditional analyses (sugar, acid, etc.) at harvest time. Furthermore, new techniques have been introduced to pinpoint the optimum moment to pick.
Fermentation
Our cellar master adapts winemaking to each lot, combining traditional methods with very modern ones such as thermovinification. The Cave de Lugon is well-known for their know-how in producing Bordeaux Rosés. All the rosé wines are "bled" from vats of red wine. This makes for a deep colour, vivaciousness, and good structure justifying these wines' fine reputation. The Union des Producteurs has invested in updating their winemaking facilities from the very beginning. Their ageing cellars contain 40% concrete vats and 60% stainless steel vats. Despite the difficult economic climate, the Cellar continues to introduce modern equipment and, for instance, purchased temperature-controlled concrete vats in 2009.

PRESENTATION AND BACKGROUND

Our cooperative cellar was founded in the wake of a dramatic wine industry crisis in the 1930s. This led winegrowers in the Lugon region to join forces in 1937 to produce and market their own wines. They created a cooperative cellar on the understanding that any profits would be distributed to members. In the beginning, there were 85 members producing 6,282 hectolitres of white wine and 2,481 hectolitres of red wine. Today, 180 winegrowers produce 60,000 hectolitres of red and rosé wine in five appellations: Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Bordeaux Rosé, Fronsac and Canon Fronsac. In 1937, vineyards belonging to cooperative members were planted primarily with white wine varieties (Merlot Blanc, Ugni Blanc and Colombard), whereas red wine varieties are grown today: 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet (Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc). The wines reflect our soil, our climate, and the efforts of skilled and devoted workers. Cooperative members own some 950 hectares of vines in twenty communes stretching from the banks of the Dordogne to the hills overlooking the river. The vineyards of the Union des Producteurs de Lugon feature quite varied terroirs: silty soil near the river, sandy soil to the west, and clay-limestone soil on the plateaux and hillsides. The goal of our cooperative cellar is to bring together men and women who own and cultivate local vineyards to produce a wide range of wines adapted to consumer demands.
1937
Création de la cave par 85 membres fondateurs produisant 6282 hl de vin blanc et 2481 hl de vin rouge.
1945/1950
La cave produit de l'AOC Bordeaux Rouge.
1975
Premières cuves en inox.
1985
Construction du cuvier de 33 000hl.
1997
Contruction de la station de traitement des effluents.
2000
Utilisation des nouvelles méthodes analytiques permettant de rémunérer les apports de raisins au plus près de la qualité.
2007
Amélioration de l'outil de réception et de sélection des vendanges.
2009
Toutes les cuves sont équipées de thermo-régulation.
2011
Installation d'un pressoir pneumatique, la production de Bordeaux blanc est relancée, production également de Crémant.
2016
Le vignoble de la cave de Lugon se situe sur 24 communes, regroupe 850 Ha et 138 adhérents

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