It is now been more than 10 years that we have been fighting the dreaded vine moth larvae without insecticides (you can read our article of June 24, 2011). The principle behind “mating disruption” (the French translation means literally “sexual confusion”) remains the same, but the tools and methods have evolved. Let’s first review what […]
As life today becomes increasingly complex, we are all looking to simplify choices, whether at home, at work or even in our free time. We all want to believe that in response to the onslaught of information and the growing number of decisions to be made, a standardized and systematic approach is a factor of […]
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.
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 […]
Winemaking goes against the prevailing winds of our modern life. While today we are driven to do everything more quickly, to expect that every need can be met immediately, to believe we can understand anything straightaway with increasing amounts of information at our fingertips, to craft a great wine means knowing how to wait… Nature […]
A wine owes its character to the potential of its soil and how it’s interpreted by the winemaker. I often compare winemaking to music — the results depends both on the musical score and the musician. Reducing the equation to just these two parameters is a simplification that I can easily overlook, but it ignores […]
During the month of January, you’ll find us doing little else than pruning. The season is not yet behind us and I thought it might be interesting to share with you the specificities of pruning in the “gobelet” fashion (also called bush vine). As you may already be aware of, pruning is a crucial activity […]
When we plant a vineyard, we are making decisions for 20, 30 or 50 years. The choices we make need to be considered carefully because beyond ourselves, they often engage generations to come. When you think about it, this kind of decision is truly an anachronism in a society that is increasingly fast, where the […]
What does the 2012 vintage look like? If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me that question! But the truth is I really can’t answer until everything has been harvested and is in the winery. However, here are some observations about the harvest that is just beginning. We find ourselves at the […]
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