“Fine old Pinot Noir grapes”
We pay particular attention to the quality of our terroir, selecting well-located plots. By replacing clones with sélection massale vines from the estate, using a small nursery, and taking good care of our old vines, we have a heritage of fine old Pinot Noir vines, which naturally produce small yields of very tasty grapes.
We have very old vines, with an average age of 50 years, and even some plots in Gevrey-Chambertin with 90-year-old vines: the Racine du Temps cuvée. Some of the vines there date from 1922.
In order to reawaken the soil, we plough at the end of winter. Plot by plot, we add compost if necessary. Pruning is adapted to vigour and sap-flow, to obtain the best from each vine plant. We partially disbud the vines to aerate and spread out the foliage. The vines may require trellising three or four times. To encourage harmonious vine growth, trimming takes place after flowering.
Throughout the season, from August to March, the soils are lightly reworked, leaving some grass cover.
Leaf-stripping may be required on some plots during the summer.
In general, there will be no need for a green harvest to maintain a low yield, which will result naturally from our early painstaking care of the vines.
Two to three weeks before the vendanges (harvest), we sort on the vine, keeping only the best grapes.
Our respect for the vines, the winemakers, and the environment has brought us closer to organic farming.
For us, respect for microbial life, auxiliary fauna, and the quality of the sélection massale are the pillars of our philosophy.