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Bringing the soil to life

Château Montlabert, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Certified Terra Vitis since the 2011 vintage, the Château Montlabert (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru) vineyard is run according to the principles of sustainable winemaking. The property’s 13 hectares are cultivated like a garden, with the utmost precision. Every autumn, cereal crops including barley, wheat and rye are sown between the rows of vines. Taking advantage of the humidity of the climate in Bordeaux, the cereals grow during winter and spring, providing competition for the vines, and enriching the soil with nitrogen. As soon as spring is over, the soils are tilled using a non-reversible plough, destroying the cover crops without recourse to chemical weeding.

Terra Vitis

We have been certified Terra Vitis since the 2011 vintage. The certification fits us perfectly. The idea is to find the right balance between the earth, the sky, and ourselves. My idea is to bring the soil to life, and the soil will give us life in return.

Ludovic Hérault, vineyard manager
Château Cavalier, AOC Côtes de Provence

Château Cavalier has been actively involved in Terra Vitis, a unique certification in terms of sustainable winemaking, since the 2009 vintage. In the heart of inland Provence, the climate is hot and dry, meaning that irrigation is often a serious challenge. At Château Cavalier, two vast reservoirs allow us to collect rainwater during the winter. This water is then used to water the vines in summer, allowing us to avoid using groundwater. Alongside the widespread installation of insect refuges, these vast reservoirs are a means of encouraging biodiversity. Ducks, herons, cormorants are just a few of the migrating birds that benefit.

Terra Vitis

Terroir is the confluence of the vine and its environment, but also of the men and women who work there. Terra Vitis is an eco-responsible certification, taking into account every aspect of the vineyard: the environment (respect for the vines, respect for the terroir, waste management), but also people (the team, security, training).

Clément Brun, Technical Director
Clos des Orfeuilles

Le Clos des Orfeuilles, in the heart of the Muscadet appellation in the Pays de la Loire, is the only one of our family estates to be certified Organic. Beyond banning the use of synthetic compounds in wine production, the AB certification represents systematic approach, prioritising the natural vitality of the soil. The meticulous work of tilling the soil and maintaining a grassy cover between the vines brings life to the soil.

At Clos des Orfeuilles, the use of native yeasts is a major priority. Extracted from the grape skins from several different areas of the vineyard, four strains are used in the winemaking process. The result: bold, opulent wines, made with respect for the appellation’s defining characteristics.

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Our working methods are more and more healthy, for ourselves, for the environment, and for our children. But we do not make organic wine for its own sake. We need to seek out perfection. That is the only way you will find quality. It is a philosophy for life.

Jean-Didier Brevet, vineyard manager
Domaine de la Clapière, Languedoc

Domaine de la Clapière, located in Montagnac in the Languedoc, has been certified Terra Vitis since the 2010 vintage. Well-ventilated and benefiting from a hotter, drier climate than the Bordeaux region, the vineyard is already naturally protected from grape diseases, allowing us to limit recourse to treatment. Aside from these natural assets, the approach at Domaine de la Clapière is based on meticulous research, taking care to maintain the vitality of the soil, allowing us to respond to the needs of the vines, and produce quality grapes. The objective: better information for better adaptation. At the property, the progress of every plot of vines is closely tracked. When results are unexpected, soil analysis is carried out promptly. The results allow us to swiftly modify our methods based on the needs of the vines.

Terra Vitis

We have been certified Terra Vitis since the 2010 vintage, the certification represents an approach that we have always taken. Terra Vitis is a genuine philosophy, a sustainable way of thinking about the impact we have on the environment from planting the vines all the way to bottling the wine. We are perfectly aware that we need to think about the future, about the world we are leaving to our children. Terra Vitis is the perfect response.

Sophie Palatsi, owner
Château Tour Prignac, Cru Bourgeois du Médoc

Château Tour Prignac, Cru Bourgeois, spreads over 300 hectares in the heart of the Medoc, with a total of 144 hectares of vines. Here, unlike Château Montlabert with its garden-like 13 hectares, it is the vast surface area of the property that allows us to manage the vineyard according to the principles of sustainable winemaking. The key: take advantage of the 156 hectares that are not adapted to winemaking as a means of encouraging biodiversity. Seeking to stimulate flora and fauna, 4 hectares are set aside and planted with wild-flowers, providing shelter for a number of beehives. Hedgerows, planted in 2015 and 2018, serve a similar purpose. Finally, an ambitious afforestation project is in process. Supplementing woodland already present, 5 hectares are currently being planted on the land that borders Lesparre to the south.

Terra Vitis

For the last 20 years, throughout the vineyard we have taken an approach based on the principles of sustainable agriculture. That’s how we find the right balance, returning to tried and tested methods. This approach falls within the framework provided by the Terra Vitis certification, which we have held for the last 8 years.

Yannick Gay, vineyard manager

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