THE VINES GRAPES AND THEIR QUALITY

Since 1982, in its continuous aim to improve the quality of its wines, the co-operative demands that its members deliver all of their production. This is in effect an assurance of quality.

The co-operative controls the quality of the yields through very strict and compulsory production guidelines. This applies to all the vine growers and is part of the general guidelines set out by the co-operative, which are reviewed and, if necessary improved, every year

Every plot of land is listed (location, type of soil, root stock, grape variety, yield, date when planted, etc.) and dedicated software records this information.

Members fill in a record sheet for every plot of land in which they will include all the work carried out in the vineyard (pruning, de-budding, work during the growth of the vine,phytosanitary spraying together with the name of the products used, dates, amount used, etc.). To avoid any penalties, these records must be sent to the co-operative on a regular basis to be scrutinised .

These guidelines also include very strict standards of compulsory pruning and de-budding set according to the grape variety, soil and plantation density. All the plots are inspected three times a year. This includes a calculation of the shoots, followed by a calculation of the bunches, weighing and estimating of the harvest and inspecting the shape of the vines, ie, controlling of the level of enherbement(grassing over), the level of foliage and the sanitary state of the crop.

The average yield over the past 10 years tends to be 50 hectolitres per hectare, knowing that the appellation has a set maximum of 55 hl/ha. In addition to this, and in line with the co-operative’s aim to constantly improve quality, the yields for Pinot Noir are limited to 45 to 50 hl/ha, depending on the vintage.Each parcel is scored and this will affect the price paid to the vine grower for his grapes, making the base price vary by up to 50%. The vineyards with the lesser quality grapes can see their production refused by the co-operative.

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