Reasoned farming is the philosophy of the domaine. Indeed, we are looking for the balance of the plants, while respecting nature and our terroirs. Our vines grow on soils of various compositions, but all of them belonging to the clay-limestone type.
In Gigondas, our vineyards are spread over different terroirs:
- 10 ha on the terraces of GIGONDAS at 170 meters of altitude: Here the soils are of red clay, with gravels and stones at the surface (places called Les Pallieroudas and Les Terres)
- 4 ha of calcareous marl on the terroir of PESQUIER
- 3 ha of terraces at 350 meters of altitude below the Dentelles de Montmirail, with alternating massive limestone, the Vaison limestone, marl, soils with pyritics fossils and top soils rich in scree.
In Vacqueyras, we are situated on a terroir of marl and clay-limestone.
Our Côtes du Rhône, vineyards are situated in SABLET, growing on argilo-calcareous soils.
For the Vin de Pays, the soils consist of silts and marls and are of alluvial origin.
The main grape variety on our estate is Grenache noir, followed by Syrah and Mourvèdre. The average age of our vineyards is 40 years.
Vines are trained according to short pruning of the cordon de Royat or Gobelet type. Works on growing vines, like disbudding or green harvest, but also selective sorting of grapes and good management of cover growth between the vines optimize ripeness. All these measures will lower yields, enhance ventilation of the vegetation, as well as maturation.
Finally, the sorting of the harvest will improve the quality of the wines. We generally plough all our soils, but cover growth is maintained in certain plots to lower the vigour of the vines and enhance microbiological activity of the soils.
Chemical weed killing is excluded and the soils are worked mecanically. Spraying has been lowered to the minimum, and only occurs if required regarding the weather forecast and development of plant diseases.