And if the renewal of Bordeaux wines went through a practices questioning ?
It was 3 years that I had planned to come at Château Palmer at the invitation of Sabrina, production manager, met during the seminar on biodynamics pratices in Arbois in 2015. For more than 5 years now this estate located on the prestigious appellation "Margaux" in the Medoc area goes far beyond the specifications of organic farming because they are in biodynamie... In a wine region where the use of synthetic chemical pesticides remains very pregnant, it is rare enough to be underlined.
Reappearance of flowers in the vineyards of Château Palmer :-)
A big surprise was to discover that the commitment goes up to the reintroduction of regional cows in order to manure the 66 hectares of vineyards, the management of a herd of 200 ewes throughout the winter that serve as lawn mowers when the vines are dormant and even the relocation of hedges, isolated trees and an agroforestry trial in the middle of vineyards !
The Bordeaux breed cows whose manure is very important to make compost essential to the renewal of the Château Palmer soil.
The sheep had cut the grass of the vineyard all the winter.
Implantation of a hedge in the middle of the vineyard to create biodiversity !
The winery of Château Palmer
The Château Palmer wines will soon be certified biodynamically, it is possible to feel the beginnings of a revival in the early spring of 2017 that do not develop their full potential (the official bottling is planned next year) but of which the fruit is promising.
Tasting of 2017 primeurs Alter Ego and Château Palmer
I take this opportunity to say that I also visited another small vineyard in the north of the Bordeaux appellation and I recommend you to take a tour on the occasion to discover how to reintroduce biodiversity in our oceans of vines with the establishment of bat houses and various birds, insect hotels, water points, market gardening between the ranks ... : Domaine Emile Grelier and La Possiblerie in Lapouyade north of Libourne .