After an expert assessment of the vineyard,
the vine and wine team has done important work
to implement a patient renovation plan:
1. This includes the removal of secondary buds, leaf removal on the sunrise side in July, the sunset side in September depending on the vintage, green harvest, the systematic return to hand picking for the whole vineyard and natural improvement of the soils.
2. Some ageing plots have been pulled up and replanted with Cabernet Sauvignon, which is often better suited, while others have been co-planted, the objective being a density of 10 000 vines per hectare.
3. A return to a traditional culture has been put in place, with earthing up and ploughing back of the soil under the rows of vines.
4. The arrival of Stéphane Derenoncourt and his team, Simon Blanchard and Hannah Fiegenschuh in particular, as from the 2014 vintage, has introduced still more new requirements, as much in the level of vinification as in viticulture.
5. The soils are analysed every two or three years so that the necessary corrections can be made, and now it is the vine prunings, after grinding on site, that make a vegetable compost, returned to the earth to maintain its balance.
6. Cereals are sown between the rows, favouring soil drainage through their deep root systems. In addition, their rapid growth provides a green strip that can be either buried or mowed depending on the weather and the soil requirements.
These various actions are part of the common interest of environmental
protection and philosophy we are so attentive to.