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"The adequacy of the grape variety to the terroir is the first step in producing a great wine"
Château de Marmorières, stronghold of the de Woillemont family since 1826, is a wonderful property of 120 hectares of vines, surrounded by garrigue and woods. the oldest vestiges date back to the 10th century with the fortifications of the first castle. the chapel, the windmill, and the splendid dovecote showing the grandeur of marmorières in the Middle Ages and its economic power were built during the 11th-13th century period. marmorières has a mosaic of terroirs with many exposures and soil structures respectfully conducted in high environmental value. in this remarkable setting, we adapt each grape variety to its terroir and cultivate around twenty of them from the best regions of the world. respectfully conducted in High Environmental Value. in this remarkable landscape, we adapt each grape variety to its terroir and cultivate around twenty of them from the best regions of the world.
the best way to produce great wines is to do everything to do nothing.
Just near the family stronghold, the Commanderie de Saint Pierre la Garrigue is nestled at the foot of the steep cliffs of the classified massif of la clape. further east, on more calcareous soils, it overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and faces the Pyrenees. all the vineyard is conducted in organic farming in order to respect this exceptional diversity of fauna and flora in the heart of the Narbonnaise natural park.
there are olive trees, almond trees, parasol pines, fennel, cistus, wild irises and other flowers with the scent of garrigues. Hares, rabbits and partridges share a territory with wild boars in impromptu hiding places under a radiant sun and a few gusty winds. the Commanderie de Saint Pierre la Garrigue is planted on clay-limestone soils giving expression to eleven different grape varieties (6 red and 5 white); our Languedoc culture of blending and the attention paid to this exceptional cru sublimate each of them for remarkable finesse and elegance. in our wines
our attention is essentially focused on the vineyard to have a minimum of actions to be done in the cellar! For this, we have chosen to go with consultants further and faster in our research: SRDV from the Dubernet laboratories, the Aude chamber of agriculture and the Dephy network, as well as the GIEE de la Clape with the Natural Parc de la Narbonnaise. We also exchange best practices with our winegrower and cereal farmer friends! All the vines of the Woillemont vineyards have been planted according to their exposure, the composition of their soil and the potential of the wines to adapt the grape variety, its terroir and the rootstock. we choose the best clones in order to guarantee irreproachable quality to our wines and an agronomic diversity allowing us to always extract the best from each vintage.
To maintain a level of organic matter and therefore life in our soil, each year we add compost to our vines and plantations; we also sow crucifers and legumes that cover our soils in winter and thus prevent their erosion. In the spring, we work the soil mechanically to eliminate weeds. we use pheromones for mating disruption cluster worms. as for fungal diseases, our dry climate is a chance to which we add, when the pressures of powdery mildew and mildew are strong, sprays of sulphur, copper and essential oils. our desire to maintain this magnificent terroir for future generations involves daily observation of the ecosystem and the vitality of our vines while focusing our culture on the bases of organic farming and respecting the pragmatic adages of our elders based on the influences of the stars on plants and wines.
Pruning étape capitale pour la pérennité du cep et de sa production peut être conduite en cordons de royat ou en guyot simple sur les Syrahs et Roussannes.
inter-row sowing Garantissent une lutte contre l’érosion, un repos des sols ainsi qu’un apport de matière organique régulier primordiale pour la vie des sols.
"sexual confusion" Mise en place de phéromones pour éviter l’accouplement des papillons dans la parcelle et ainsi ne pas voir de vers percer les baies et abîmer la vendange.
Plowing Ils permettent de limiter la concurrence de la vigne avec les autres plantes, minéraliser les sols et apporter en début de saison de la chaleur dans les sols pour garantir un bon démarrage de la pousse printanière.
Treatments Le soufre permet de lutter contre l’Oïdium, le Cuivre contre le Mildiou, des champignons s’attaquant aux feuilles et aux grappes détruisant la récolte et la qualité des vins.
stripping Permet d’enlever les grandes feuilles à la base des vignes ne servant plus au développement de la plante. Ainsi, les grappes bénéficient de plus d’aération et de soleil, évitant le développement des champignons.