Welcoming the future at the right time on the grounds of Château l’Hospitalet
Support, care, monitoring and monitoring of the lunar calendar, Marc-Olivier Trompette, manager of Château l'Hospitalet, is a convinced biodynamist, both in the vineyards and in his own garden. A manager listening to his terroir with powerful magnetism, like the wines of La Clape.
The harvests follow one another but are not alike. Each year has its specificities and each vintage is unique. Always with this constant, that of the quest for optimum maturation, central in the production of Gérard Bertrand's best wines.
Marc-Olivier Trompette is ready to welcome the future of the 2021 harvest. However, the dates are not fixed in advance. And it is only following increased surveillance that the plots are harvested one after the other, separately, according to precise criteria: « At Gérard Bertrand, we push the maturities to their maximum to have phenological balances and optimum maturities. This method allows us to produce the great wines that we supply each year. »
The harvest time can then be spread over two and a half months. A pivotal period which gives full place to the different characteristics of the plots and soils of La Clape. For Marc-Olivier, "it's an intense period of surveillance. We can compare the vineyard to a young child. We watch him so that nothing happens to him. We are doing everything we can to ensure that it evolves correctly and without any hiccups. We are on tour two to three times a week on all our plots and we also carry out analyses. The goal is to accompany the grapes as far as possible and to achieve the quality expected by Gérard Bertrand. »
In search of a natural balance
At the origin of a good wine is the grape. And to achieve the excellence of the grapes, the Gérard Bertrand estates practice biodynamics. More than a practice, biodynamics represents an art of living for Marc-Olivier: "We are looking for a balance and aim to understand the plant. As with people, we try to understand their problems and interpret what they present to us visually. We work a lot on feelings and apply herbal teas, natural preparations to treat them or help them settle in well. »
In biodynamics, treatments are not automatic. Unlike conventional viticulture, the soil is worked only when there is a need corroborated by analyses. More complex, this method requires a strong commitment from the teams, close collaboration between the natural and the scientific as well as taking into account the different terroirs.
A vineyard, terroirs
On the La Clape massif, two terroirs predominate. The first, clayey, allows an interesting water reserve because the water is gradually returned to the vine in summer. The second, of limestone type, is characterized by warmer soils. These are plots on which maturity arrives earlier by resonance of the sun. The wine made from this soil has a bright, fresh and saline character.
When the harvest is over, the soil will reclaim its rights, but Marc-Olivier's team will not have said its last word. It will help the vine to gently enter dormancy: "It's time to restimulate the soil, to decompact it, to provide it with trace elements and amino acids in order to allow a good restart next year.»
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