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November 12, 2021

The 2021 Vintage

As we farmers in France say, “Trees never reach the heavens”, and after several incredibly favorable vintages that were easy to vinify, the golden series came to a brutal end. 2021 was a challenge from start to finish. If we came out the other side doing so well, it’s thanks to the tremendous investment and […]

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May 07, 2021

Take cover… crops!

The philosophy behind regenerative farming focuses on conservation and improvement of our farming environments. It emphasizes restoring local biodiversity but above all improving the quantity and quality of topsoil. One of the most effective practices is the use of cover crops. Used correctly they mitigate soil erosion while improving soil fertility, quality, water retention, weeds, […]

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December 22, 2020

Our Vendanges – Finally some good news in 2020!

We’ll all be happy to turn the page “2020” at midnight on December 31st, in spite of the many uncertainties that will remain. While everyone has been rightfully focused on the global social and economic disruption of the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 wine harvest has been enormously troubling for many of our colleagues. It’s been […]

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March 04, 2020

Counting sheep…in our vineyards

Each winter some 200 ewes and lambs call our organic vineyards home, where they feast upon wild vegetation.  The troop has the run of a one-hectare block of vines for about two days, before the shepherd moves them to a new block. When the vegetation gets out of hand, we only have a few options: […]

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November 15, 2019

2019 – A « Game of Thrones » vintage, with fire and ice.

We always like to compare vintages but given the highly unusual weather conditions of 2019 it is hard to find a match Cold air episode on April 5th, burning some new shoots in the low lying zones of some vineyards Cool and overcast beginning of May generating extensive shattering on Grenache A drought so severe […]

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September 06, 2019

Jack be Nimble, Jack be Quick: Organic Farming in the Face of Climate Change

For the record, we are organic farmers and are convinced that organic farming not only helps us to make wines that are true expressions of their terroir, it helps tackle climate change.  “How” you ask?  By enhancing soil fertility without industrial fertilizers, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, storing carbon in the soil, and improving climate resilience […]

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March 18, 2019

With the Spring coming up, a new face for our Domaine Gassier’s wines !

We are proud to announce the birth of Domaine GASSIER, the result of a common passion that Tina, my wife, and I have for wines focused on freshness, dynamism and mineral balance. Our corner of paradise is a terrace overlooking the Camargue, with a limestone subsoil that offers tension and minerality, and a cooler microclimate […]

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March 19, 2018

What’s more expensive: organic or conventional farming?

We hear it all the time: eating organic is more expensive! It’s true that most organic products are more expensive than their conventional counterparts. But are they really? Not if we integrate the environmental, health and social costs of conventional agriculture. Impact on the quality of water: the best quantified effects are those related to […]

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November 03, 2017

The 2017 vintage: a supermini year

2017 will remain on record as the smallest harvest in France since World War II. A combination of factors including freezing, hail, shattering and drought severely limited production in France, and across Italy and Spain. For the first time in a very long time, world wine production will be significantly lower than consumption (I am […]

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