Our vines cover 50 hectares classified as AOC Cassis. It falls within the borders of the Calanques National Park. It has been certified as organic, from the vine to the wine, since 2012.
At the end of the winter after pruning the vines, we work in the parcels of land to remove any weeks. The vine shoots and tendrils are, at the same time, chipped and spread onto the grass. They are buried in the soils to serve as organic fodder for the vines.
These efforts encourage the deep rooting of the vines. This in turn is necessary for the vines to easily draw the rich nutrients present in the soil, needed for them to grow. During dry years, it is thanks to these roots, which delve several metres deep, that the vines can find water underground to survive the absence of rain. To work on the steep slopes of our vineyards, we use small tractors which require precision and dexterity to drive.
All other forms of intervention in the vineyard are done by hand. By pruning back hard in the winter and eliminating excess “greedy” buds that appear in spring, we can achieve smaller yields which improves the quality of the wine. On parcels of vines where the number of grape bunches is still excessive, we practice green harvesting at the beginning of July: the excess bunches of green grapes are cut off using secateurs. Almost half of these will be removed so that the remainder mature well.
We continuously and regularly monitor the vines during the period of vegetative growth to keep an eye on their health. This close watch allows us to prevent and anticipate risks, one of the first rules of organic agriculture. Thanks to this constant care, we harvest very high quality grapes, guaranteeing a great richness and complexity to the wine they will become.