A resistant varietal is the result of cross-breeding traditional varieties with more robust ones. The resulting varietal has both the good properties of the traditional varietals and a strong natural resistance to well-known diseases such as Mildew, Odium and Botrytis.
This approach is not revolutionary, since the same procedure has taken place for generations, and led to the varietals that are grown worldwide: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc etc.
With all the challenges that we face today – whether global warming or growing concerns over the use of chemical products in the vineyards – it is time to look for alternatives. And what could be more appropriate than starting from scratch and planting new varietals which, thanks to the understanding that we have today, might be able to enable us to adapt and ensure the sustainability of our work for future generations.
Since June 2014, we have therefore planted 3 hectares with two different resistant varietals in the heart of Entre-Deux-Mers. This experiment that is currently underway has two main objectives:
– In the vineyard: to reduce the amount of phytosanitary treatment by 50% or more for a growing cycle to find out whether these varietals can adapt themselves to the oceanic climate and the growing techniques of Bordeaux.
– In the winemaking and commercialisation: to produce quality wines and encourage our clients and distributors to discover them, to prove that it is possible to distribute and sell these new varietals in the long-term