First of all discreetly, without a word spoken about the restructuring of the parcels, now certified organic and an important part in the production of a great wine.
The 2017 vintage is the first to bear this label.
Organic preparations, multi-purpose plant species, the use of animal draught cultivation and manual labor – everything is done in relation to the natural environment, including the changing seasons and the local fauna. The vineyard is carefully tended to, as if a sophisticated work of art.
Quanou, Nola, Marquise and Varyx are the names of the four sturdy draught horses, representing different French breeds: Breton, Percheron and Mulassier from the Poitou area. They are used to earth up and slightly spike the soils in autumn and spring. For a period of 4 to 5 hours, they slowly make their way through the parcels at Château Jean Faure, to aerate the earth and promote microbial activity.
Château Jean Faure’s stable is an avant-garde return to the past – a total commitment.
a partisan of organic growing
The teams at Château Jean Faure with conviction and pragmatism, drawing from traditional practices, the required resources to implement gentle and efficient sustainable vine-growing techniques.
“Each year mother nature decides
and we adapt”.
Humility requires twice as much work on a daily basis: the treatments depend upon the humidity, the climate and the seasons. Plenty of vigilance and monitoring is required: it is necessary to react quickly and never let your guard down.
“We reinforce the plant’s natural defences, we work a lot early on in order to limit treatments.”
The use of preventive products, natural concoctions, the lunar calendar, disbudding, and green pruning are practices, helping the vine to defend itself. Their perfect interaction is fully expressed by this magical terroir.
“Products such as lime, compost tea, essential oils and orange peel to eliminate mildew are also natural recepies, reinforcing the plant’s immune defences.”