Préambule The estate The people Cultivation, the land Vinification, maturing

 

Cultivation

       Since 1995, we adopted a method of cultivation respecting the vines and the environment and using mainly manual and technical methods of working the soil.

In accordance with our choice, we have made a considerable financial effort for purchase of tools adapted to our way of working the soil : a caterpillar-track tractor which flattens the soil less and makes work on slopes easier and less dangerous, a four-wheel drive tractor, two bury grass, a hydraulic machine for weeding along the rows between the vines mechanically, a mini-digger for improving some more difficult slopes and making replacement holes of far better quality than a borer...

However, all this equipment doesn't cut out the constant manual labour, which, although tiring, brings us closer to our vines and our land, making us more aware of the needs of the soil and the vines and so avoiding unnecessary treatment.

The very moderate use of weed-killers (no chemical fertilizers, no pesticides except natural ones), soil-improvement through organic fertilizers and sheep-manure composts, the use of copper-sulphate reduced to one third of the dosage used in traditional agriculture, the use of sulphur and trace-elements, this all sums up our choice of and older style of growing grapes while respecting Nature and leaving the land to express itself.

 

The Land

       Our estate spreads over 16 hectares which bring into play such a diversity of geology, site and exposure : stony brushland and red clay from Plan de Dieu to the south and from Vitalis to the south-west, giving rich to the Mourvèdre and black Grenache, the grey and white clays of the nothern slopes and the pebbles of the Col du Débat giving a fine, trong, well-balanced wine for keeping, with its fine tanin and deep colour, the sandy Terrasse facing south and with its fossilized ogster-shells of a by-gone sea, ideal for the wihte Grenache,

 


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