Our aim is to produce a grape well nourished with the best elements of the soil. To this end, the soils are fully worked without the use of weed killers. The practice has also been introduced to plant grass between every other row. The grass competes with the superficial roots of the vines and forces the main roots to go deeper to get water, thus absorbing the natural elements of the soil which make each terroir unique. This approach helps grow stronger, tastier grapes.
We also progressively structure our vines en guyot double (using a double-armed technique). The double-armed structure forces the vines to grow outward horizontally in two directions, more effectively using the trellis, and thereby ameliorating the soil’s natural ability to nourish the grapes.
This technique also allows for additional foliage surface, encouraging the maturation of the grapes. To this end, a long term effort is being pursued to lower the vine shoots and, for some selected plots, to elevate the trellising. The vines are also undergoing a densification process to increase competition between vines, lighten the load on individual plants, and strengthen the root system.
Finally, we practice green harvests, during June, which enable us to limit the number of grapes per vine. If necessary, the leaves are thinned out to allow the bunches to be better aerated and reach a better maturity.