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From the vineyard to the cellar
The vineyard
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The vineyard

This 15 ha vineyard is, for 20 years, entirely cultivated in organic agriculture, like a garden. Our grapes are certified according to the organic recommendations of ECOCERT. We also obtained the NOP certification (National Organic Program) for the United States.

15 year-old vines with a plant density of 5,000 per hectare, trained to a height of two metres and grown organically. Eight-bud double Cordon de Royat pruning, between-vine tilling, selective cover cropping according to the particular plot and compost-type organic soil enrichment. Treatments are dosed according to the threat of disease and applied face-by-face, which means we only have to use very few products (our standards are considerably stricter than those specified for organic farming).

A great part of the manual work is carried out from April to June, including meticulous disbudding, vine training & tying up.

The grape-varieties : 5 reds and 2 whites, a delightfully balanced aromatic bouquet resulting from the combination of Mediterranean vines with some of their more distant cousins : Syrah, Grenache noir, Mourvèdre, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Pinot noir, Viognier and Roussanne.

The average yields in the region are 50 hectolitres per hectare. Harvesting generally begins with our Pinot Noir vines at the end of August and finishes with the Mourvèdre in the second half of September. The grapes are hand-picked and always ripe and in excellent health.

Isabelle and Rémi Ducellier - cheminsdebassac@orange.fr Tel : 0033 (0)4 67 36 09 67 - mobile : 0033 (0)6 07 59 51 67 - Fax : 0033 (0)4 67 36 14 05