jamie goode's wine blog: A brief Bordeaux visit

Saturday, September 29, 2007

A brief Bordeaux visit

Just back from two action-packed days in Bordeaux. Day 1 was very practical, spent in Entre-Deux-Mers researching integrated viticulture - a scientific approach to sustainability that attempts to forge a balance between the environment, economic considerations and product quality. Yvon Mau have a club of 13 producers who are working in this system, which shows great promise because it is something that even large volume low cost producers can implement (unlike organics or biodynamics, for example), and it results in better quality with far fewer chemical inputs.

Then yesterday, Richard Bampfield (who organized the visit) and I set off early to do some tourism, either side of a visit to Jean-Christoph Mau's Chateau Brown in Pessac Leognan. We hit Saint Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien, Margaux before our visit, and then Pomerol and Saint Emilion afterwards. It's a really good time to see the visit as harvest is either soon to begin, or has begun, depending on where you are. More on the potential of 2007 later. For now, two pictures. First, harvest underway at Lafleur (Pomerol) and, second, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at Lafite.



At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Grant said...


Do you have a link to any info about this system? Sounds interesting.

Do you have any thoughts also on how this could be applied (or if it is applicable) to a high disease pressure environment such as what exists in some area's of South Africa?


At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Kevin said...


Sounds like you had a good time! Which wines did you drink during your two days? Cheers!

At 8:47 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

It's entirely compatible with a high disease pressure situation - it's about using knowledge of the disease/pest organism and then responding with rational inputs when they are needed, rather than chemical sprays. There's a chapter on it in my book on wine science.

Kevin, a few nice wines, but the focus was on looking at vineyards, so nothing too remarkable to report.


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