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A respected terroir and a healthy vineyard

26 juillet 2018

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In order to maintain biodiversity, we have opted for sustainable pest management to combat vine diseases by focusing on bio-control and prophylaxis, and failing that on appropriate use of plant protection products.

1-Using prophylaxis as a preventative defence against disease

There are around fifteen vine pests living in the vineyards of Bordeaux: bacteria, insects, nematodes, fungi, viruses and more. However, we have initiated various practices to help us reduce the use of plant protection products to combat these diseases.

To reduce exposure to the risk of disease by taking a preventative approach (known as ‘prophylaxis’), our vines undergo rigorous tidying. Shoot removal, leaf thinning, pollarding and grape aeration are all actions (the most important of which are performed by hand) designed to limit moisture and thus certain diseases such as downy mildew, powdery mildew and above all botrytis.

For example, from June onwards the leaves across our entire vineyard are thinned by hand to maximise grape aeration and thus minimise the risk of disease.

2- The most dangerous products are not permitted in our vineyard

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