The high quality of each of our wines, whether of a single grape variety or
of an 'assemblage' of several, is rooted in recognising the needs of each
variety: in its soil, orientation, pruning, and many other factors.
The work and exacting care given to each variety across the seasons of the
year is the best way to assure a grape harvest that is completely healthy
and perfectly ripe: the basis of a fine nose and perfect balance of taste.
The Vineyard Year
A Respect for nature
The basis of our viticulture is a vineyard soil of elements that are in balance,
composed of adequate organic matter, and well-structured as a result of microbiological
activity. It is only in such an environment that one will find the sort of
natural interaction to encourage life and growth, which will sustain the multiplicity
of living organisms and plants, and where nature's equilibrium is best respected.
Only under these conditions will vines prosper in good health, and resist
sickness and harmful pests.
This outlook obliges us to reduce to a minimum the amount of fertiliser and
sprays that we use, and to renounce absolutely the use of chemical fertiliser.
Protection of the environment
The vineyard is terraced across the higher ground. In between the terraces
are large areas of steeply sloping land covered with trees, bushes, herbs
and flowers - a haven for a large range of flora and fauna, where you can
enjoy the beauty of the scenery and the scent of the plants. We are doing
our best to protect these spaces, and never to encroach upon them.
Viticulture raisonnée contrôlée Sustainable viticulture
In the year 2000 we started to work in full accordance with the agreed standards
laid down by Vitealis for "viticulture raisonnée contrôlée".
These state, amongst other things, that the plants must be regularly inspected
for disease and infestation. At every check the number of diseased plants
and other observations are formally recorded, and no treatment may be made
until a certain threshold is passed. There are also limitations on the use
of agrochemical products and the levels of use. An independent organisation,
Veritas, keeps an independent check on conformance with these rules.