Respect for the environnement and our terroir is the reasoning behind our use of integrated vine-growing techniques throughout the year on Domaine de Colette.

During winter, when the vines are at rest, we shallow-plough between the rows ; Cthis mixes in any organic additions made to the soil as well as discouraging surface root growth making the vines plunge their roots down deep to draw on the wealth that our terroir brings our wines.

After analysis of the soil we may add in organic matter and or lime to correct any acidity in the soil; we never use chemical fertiliser.

Araignée sur la vigne

We regularly visit each of our plots during the growth cycle to count parasites and their predators. Doing this means that we can intervene when, and only when, the tolerance level is exceeded.

We green harvest, meaning to thin the bunches of unripe grapes, to regulate the yield and so that when the remaining bunches are picked at optimum ripeness they are perfectly healthy. We train our pickers to be selective in harvesting the grapes. Further, the freshly-harvested bunches are then inspected as we put them on a sorting table before the vinification.

For us, each step is a building block towards making an excellent quality wine.