father's retirement, 2006 is the year of the
business resumption and is thus the first year of
exploitation and the discovery of specificities of
The year 2006 was particularly
dry. The winter 2005-2006 was very cold and dry. 25cm
snow fell on January 27. Spring also was very dry. The
end of June and July were particularly hot. August had
moderate temperature and windy weather. The end of
August and the beginning of September saw the return
of heat. The summer rains were not very important but
sufficient for the vine which, do not forget it, is a
plant well adapted to dryness. The relative freshness
of August made it possible to the vine to synthetize
color and tannins whitch explains the great richness
of this year's wines.
The wine year really begins in
November with the pruning of the vine. The pruning of
the vine finishes at the end of February.
Then, the work of the vineyard is
continued by the training of the young vines.
Then work comes the ground works
with the cleaning of the vineyard, followed by the
disbudding which makes it possible to keep only the
useful branches, then the trainings follow.
These operations finish at the
end of May.
Mohamed, present for 12 years on
the property has been the project
In June, the operations multiply
with the toppings and the beginning of the green
harvest in order to keep only the most interesting
Simon comes to reinforce the
In July, the green harvest
finishes while other works are done.
Sandrine, Jerome and Anthony
come to help us.
From mid-April to the end of
July, plant health treatments are carried out in order
to protect the vineyard. These treatments are carried
out in the respect of nature by reasoning their
release. Christophe, a service provider is doing these
treatments using a perfectly adapted material.
The harvest begins very early
because of the summer heat and the small amount of
The first white are harvested on
August 29 and August 30.
The harvesting team will be
complete on September 4, day of the true beginning of
the grape harvest.
In red, the syrah grapes are
harvested first. Then the black grenache are harvested
Maturity and grapes are perfect.
The team is made with Jean Claude
who ensures the grapes carrying, then of Bruno,
Martine, Veronique, Florence, Herve, Mohamed, Michael,
Jessica, and finally Monique and Nicolas, our son, who
is there less frequently because the priority for him
is school and homeworks.
The absence of rains during the
harvest enabled us to harvest the grapes quickly on a
dry and perfectly practicable ground for the
The wine makings proceeded then
perfectly well and predict an exceptional wine.