In 1995, we became a pilot site, collaborating with the INRA (National Institute of Agronomical Research) to experiment ways of fighting against grapeworm. In 2005, we were the first Bordeaux château to establish a carbon count and we obtained an integrated agriculture certificate. In 2015, we took things a step further, joining other properties in an Environmental Management System project, resulting in an ISO 14001 certificate in 2017.
We encourage biodiversity around the vine plots, developing the auxiliary flora and fauna by planting hedges, introducing sheep to graze the fields, re-introducing bee hives and bird boxes. Mowing is delayed to avoid interrupting the plants’ cycle and wild flowers are sown …and, of course, no chemical herbicides are used on the domain.