Natural Defence at Château Climens using their own herbal medicine

Dynamic Climens uses organic herbal teas to control disease and help the vine find its own balance and self defence. Since 2010 Château Climens, Premier Grand Cru Classé Sauternes grows its Semillon grapes 100% biodynamically spearheaded by owner Bérénice Lurton  and Technical Director Frederic Nivelle. A more holistic approach to disease control rather than preventative. The most famous … Continue reading Natural Defence at Château Climens using their own herbal medicine

2013 Bordeaux Harvest – Nature enforced earlier than hoped

Everyone had their ideal date this year to harvest. For most it was 14th October. Nature had another idea in mind! Most started at least one week to ten days before their optimum. The actual start was Monday 30th September enforced by nature (some even the weekend before) to get as much of the Merlots in before the … Continue reading 2013 Bordeaux Harvest – Nature enforced earlier than hoped

5 horse power at Pontet Canet

Turbo, one of Pontet Canet's 5 stocky Breton draft horses, resting in his stable during the recent heatwave in Bordeaux where températures got up to 37°C. The horses get days off when températures are over 30°C. The horses are responsible for working in 40 hectares of the vineyards of Pontet Canet (which represents about half … Continue reading 5 horse power at Pontet Canet

What Shape is yours? – Wine Vats the new dilemma in Bordeaux

In the past the main question was what should a wine vat be made of; wood, cement or stainless steel? And what is the optimal size? Today the wine vat subject has got more complicated, what shape should it take is the key question today? And it is causing lots of Grand Cru Classé headaches … Continue reading What Shape is yours? – Wine Vats the new dilemma in Bordeaux