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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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November 04, 2016

2016, a vintage filled with promise…

2016’s growing season was exceptionally favorable to the vine. Nature has given us a vintage that won’t soon be forgotten. After a mild and slightly rainy winter, a cool wet spring triggered a somewhat delayed bud break (marking the end of winter dormancy, bud break is the moment when the new leaves push through their […]

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September 09, 2016

The geological mosaic of terroirs in Costières de Nîmes

The terroir of the Costières de Nîmes is sedimentary, a “layer cake”. Huge variability of the contents of this “millefeuille” exists, not only from one zone to another, not only between vineyards, but sometimes even from one vine to another. To simplify the overall pattern, today we see two broad geological types in our vineyards, each one with significant nuances.

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June 02, 2016

Our cherished noria

One of our family’s favorite spots is a knoll that to the north is sheltered by a small Garrigue forest and to the south is blessed by an unsurpassed view of our vineyards descending toward the marshes of Camargue (and in the evening the lighthouses that dot our part of the Mediterranean).  On the center […]

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February 24, 2016

Back to pruning and striving to do better…

Driven by a desire to do better, each year Eudes and I think about aspects of our craft that we can improve. This year we met Roman Mirc, a young consultant specializing in vine training and pruning. Competent, passionate and full of a farmer’s common sense, he quickly opened our eyes on the improvements we […]

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October 23, 2015

2015 – A diva vintage

Here in Costières de Nîmes, we had a late bud break but by bloom the vintage had caught up with a normal year. No significant shattering to report and crop size is looking good. The summer was hot and dry and veraison started late mid-July. Late August produced two storms with, in some cases, significant […]

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