Château Edmus strives to be conscious of its impact on the planet while maintaining its high quality standards. We call this effort EDMUS GREEN.
In hotter wine-growing areas, some wineries are able to go completely "Biodynamique", to not use any chemicals for treating the soil and the vines. This is a greater challenge for Chateau Edmus because Bordeaux experiences much more rain and damp conditions which require, at the least, certain treatments to avoid fungus attacks. Despite these complications, we have decided to initiate, starting in 2017, the process of formally converting Château Edmus to an organic wine. We have begun by eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers and, thanks to the care we take to have healthy grapes (green harvest, hand harvesting, sorting table) and a clean chai, the quantities we need as sulfites for the wine conservation are already significant below the acceptable levels in organic farming. We now need to organize ourselves to only use contact products to prevent and fight the standard diseases of the vines and banish chemical products.
To supplement this transformation, we are also taking steps to control our carbon footprint :
• We are using minimal packaging for our cartons. While this reduces the aesthetics, it improves our sustainability efforts.
• We resort to slightly lighter bottles than we initially did , the production of bottles and shipping being two of the most significant items of CO2 production in the wine industry.
• We run our business without any new bricks and mortar. Our paper usage is down, as well.
• We study best practices for vineyards around the world, seeking new methods of field work, vinification and distribution to employ at Chateau Edmus.
If you are interested in this subject, we also recommend that you read a report from the American Association of Wine Economists. Among other things, it determined that for consumers of fine wines on the East Coast of the United States, wine produced in France typically has a lower carbon footprint than wine made in California or Australia. This is mostly because transportation is the largest carbon emission in the chain, and delivery by ship is "greener" than by truck or air. Viva la France!
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