The Saint-Martin plateau (4.5 ha)
These plots are located on the southwestern summit of the famous Saint-Martin de Mazerat plateau, facing southeast/southwest. The centrepiece of thisterroir is Peycocut, which stretches half over Beauséjour and half over Coutet.
The subsoil, made of asteriated limestone, is covered with shallow, medium to fine textured, calcareous brown soil. The limestone rock shows in several places. This is the typical geological structure of the Saint-Émilion plateau.
Peycocut was one of the first plots in Saint-Émilion to be identified as exceptional. Indeed, on the 21stSeptember 1541, the Jurade decided on the official harvest date after having seen “Puycogut” (seeMémoires du moine Brangier).
The plots on the Saint-Martin plateau are Peycocut, le Journal (the newspaper), Les Pommiers (the apple trees), Martin, Les Vendangeurs (the grape-pickers), Le Plateau (the plateau) and Les Blaireaux (the badgers). They are surrounded by prestigiousPremiers Grands Crus Classés neighbours, Beauséjour-Bécot, Beauséjour-Duffau and Angélus, and by a Grand Cru Classé neighbour, Bellevue. Two other Premiers Grands Crus Classés, Canon and Clos Fourtet, are situated within 500 m of Coutet.