Vinexpo Daily 2019 - Day 3 Edition

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SPECIAL FEATURE: ORGANIC WINES

Château Dauzac’s

commitment to organics and

biodiversity

Château Dauzac’s Puts Organics First

Château Dauzac’s

commitment to what it calls

“virtuous viticulture” is

what is driving the various

initiatives it is taking to

improve the biodiversity of

its land, soils and vineyards

through increased organic and

biodynamic winemaking.

The 5 th growth Grand Cru Classé

Margaux producer says it part

of its philosophy to continuously

introduce new viticultural

techniques, like using plant paste

rather than egg white in its fining

process, making it the first 1855

classified Grand Cru to make

100% vegan wines.

It says its dedication to organic

viticulture and the careful control

of grape berry moths, introduced

some 20 years ago, has prevented

the property from ever having to

use insecticides. Grass is grown

on some plots to help manage

and improve irrigation levels and

it only ever uses organic fertiliser

on its soils.

Château Dauzac also takes care

to manage and limit its yields by

using a strict cultivation policy

so there is no need for green

harvesting.

It says such steps are vital not

only for the health of its vineyards,

but if it is to continue to produce

such complex and superior quality

wines.

Its next step is to increase the

Château’s gradual migration over

to biodynamic agriculture, by

analysing which measures and

techniques are most suitable for

its terroir.

For example, it now surveys its

vineyards down to three metres,

taking cross-sections of soils for

analysis, in order to identify which

plots are going to be the most

suitable for which vines, rootstocks

and grape variety. This allows

it to then devise and implement

individual management plans for

each vineyard plot.

The Château is also gradually

migrating over to biodynamic

agriculture with the ultimate aim

of using techniques that best

respect its terroir.

It has also introduced

meteorological sensors for every

unit of land and a weather station

so that it can monitor and analyse

temperature changes and patterns

across its property

Saint-Emilion’s organic wine pioneers

Château Forge Celeste combines purity with the tradition of its terroir

For two centuries, the Verhaeghe family has

been dedicated to the work of the vine. At

the heart of Saint-Emilion, on the terrasses

of Figeac, Karine and Matthieu Verhaeghe,

the owners of the Château Forge Celeste

perpetuate the traditional techniques of

wine production and vinification on their

lands.

These days, the Verhaeghe family have positioned

Château Forge Celeste as a pioneer of organic

viticulture within Saint-Emilion. At Vinexpo

Bordeaux, they are inviting buyers to discover

their signature, a harmonious association of the

typicality of the area and the purity of natural,

without sulphite, organic wines.

Being the first and only domaine of Saint-Emilion

to obtain the demanding Organic Wine label has

come through time, patience and dedication to

work. Within the Château Forge Celeste, working

in the vineyard is above all a matter of respect

for the balance between natural cycles, elements

and the amazing terroir of Saint-Emilion, to offer

the best experience while tasting the wines.

At the Château, being organic is second nature:

a reflex, a routine and an everyday commitment.

And the owners continue to do their utmost to

associate respectful techniques for the earth and

the people who will taste the wines. Phytotherapy,

total cover planting, organic vegetable compost

and lunar calendar are used all to create wines

that are good both to nature and to people. The

patrimony and the know-how, together with

passionate dedicated people, combine to support

a philosophy that values everyday biodiversity

protection.

Originating from the unique climate of the terroir,

temperate warm; from vines that are 40 years

old; from varieties that are 80% Merlot and 20%

Cabernet; and from the love of great work within

the vines, rejecting the use of chemicals, Château

Forge Celeste’s family is keen to showcase the

grands vins of Saint-Emilion, pure, organic and

vegan - without sulphites

Hall 1 / Stand W115

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