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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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March 30, 2021

Regenerative agriculture, our future

As a generational handover approaches, it’s good to take a step back and imagine the kind of agriculture we want to practice in the decades to come. Everything is accelerating and we are convinced that a profound change must take place, to better meet challenges of global warming and to respond to the aspirations of […]

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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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September 28, 2020

Protecting our soils, all together !

Calls for a return to the agriculture of yesteryear, more virtuous, more local, more human, are multiplying. There’s no doubt that for many of us it feels like the stuff of dreams. For me, any new model of regenerative farming must be inspired by the techniques of yesteryear, enriched by scientific discoveries and calibrated to […]

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July 08, 2020

Mating disruption in viticulture

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 […]

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May 18, 2020

Life of the Winery in the Face of Covid-19 !

I hope this post finds you and your loved ones in good health. Our lives have been significantly altered since the arrival of COVID-19, and now we have to adapt to a new world. As usual, we’d like to share with you life here at the estate and what we are doing to respond to […]

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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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