PHILOSOPHY


Calce is a unique place located between the Mediterranean Sea, the Pyrenees mountain range and the Corbieres mountain range. Situated at about 300 metres altitude, the vines are positioned on extremely an rich terroir.
Soils: Marls, Schists and Limestone.
White grape varieties: Macabeu, Grenache Gris and Blanc.
Red grape varieties: Carignan, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre.

Never have I ever second guessed myself, it is without a doubt and unthinkable for me to work the soil and vines other than with the upmost love and respect. We cannot say we respect the land while using products which have skulls marked on their bottles.

After several unsuccessful attempts, we are currently working with a biodynamic approach. Under the guidance of Jacques Mell (a biodynamics advisor) since 2010, we carefully apply biodynamic practices. He allowed us to understand and practice, as thoroughly as possible, this type of agriculture which is full of common sense and sensitivity. Today, I can better understand my vines, my soil and my terroirs. Working as closely as possible to the ground and the vine stocks allows me to make even more delicate and accurate wines.

Biodynamics


– The plant :
We use horn silica (501) in autumn and spring. In autumn, we use it to stimulate the return of sap in the roots and therefore preservation. Then it is used in springtime to reinforce the photosynthesis and to bring a luminous quality to the plants.

– The soil :
In autumn, we use a tiny dose of cowpat compost called Maria Thun to stimulate soil life. In springtime, we use a booster with a cow-horn manure (500) to stimulate the awakening of the soils.
I chose biodynamics with the palate in mind. When the point of commonality in your wine preferences is that they are all biodynamic, it is worth asking yourself why that is.
After many discussions and tastings, I made the leap to this agricultural practice which is an extension of organic agriculture, also being dynamic. Some of its basic principles are similar to homeopathy with regards to the dilution process and in its dynamisation. For me, it is a better way to showcase my terroirs and the qualitative potential of my vineyard.
I put ten years into bringing life back to the soils which the previous generation had killed. Today the soils are alive and expressive and biodynamics is there to enhance it. However, just like organic agriculture, biodynamics is simply a method, it is by no means a marker of quality. There are also biodynamic wines which I don’t enjoy.

Biodynamics


– The plant :
We use horn silica (501) in autumn and spring. In autumn, we use it to stimulate the return of sap in the roots and therefore preservation. Then it is used in springtime to reinforce the photosynthesis and to bring a luminous quality to the plants.

– The soil :
In autumn, we use a tiny dose of cowpat compost called Maria Thun to stimulate soil life. In springtime, we use a booster with a cow-horn manure (500) to stimulate the awakening of the soils.
I chose biodynamics with the palate in mind. When the point of commonality in your wine preferences is that they are all biodynamic, it is worth asking yourself why that is.
After many discussions and tastings, I made the leap to this agricultural practice which is an extension of organic agriculture, also being dynamic. Some of its basic principles are similar to homeopathy with regards to the dilution process and in its dynamisation. For me, it is a better way to showcase my terroirs and the qualitative potential of my vineyard.
I put ten years into bringing life back to the soils which the previous generation had killed. Today the soils are alive and expressive and biodynamics is there to enhance it. However, just like organic agriculture, biodynamics is simply a method, it is by no means a marker of quality. There are also biodynamic wines which I don’t enjoy.

Life and biodiversity

From the age of 25, I have shared my life with Lais. 25 years of communal life is beautiful. I have always loved cows, that is to say, the animal as a whole (especially those which are eaten). When I arrived in Calce with my cow and a mare, everyone asked me what on earth I was doing with all these animals. Today I have sheep grazing in the vineyard and the surrounding areas from October to April. We also have some beehives. For me agriculture is to be appreciated in all its glory, in its entirety.
We have planted a lot of trees and plan to redo the hedges around the plantations.

Life and biodiversity

From the age of 25, I have shared my life with Lais. 25 years of communal life is beautiful. I have always loved cows, that is to say, the animal as a whole (especially those which are eaten). When I arrived in Calce with my cow and a mare, everyone asked me what on earth I was doing with all these animals. Today I have sheep grazing in the vineyard and the surrounding areas from October to April. We also have some beehives. For me agriculture is to be appreciated in all its glory, in its entirety.
We have planted a lot of trees and plan to redo the hedges around the plantations.
 

Planting


We have started to sow seeds in certain vineyards to reintroduce a permanent plant covering. A mix of grains and legumes is sown early in autumn so that there is plant cover all winter, which we will bury in the spring. We also add other organic matter to allow for continuous growth and life in the soil.

Planting


We have started to sow seeds in certain vineyards to reintroduce a permanent plant covering. A mix of grains and legumes is sown early in autumn so that there is plant cover all winter, which we will bury in the spring. We also add other organic matter to allow for continuous growth and life in the soil.

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