Château Haut-Bailly à Léognan, Gironde
Château Haut-Bailly has always considered how to improve the quality of its wines while reducing its environmental impact. The art of living is an everyday affair at Haut-Bailly: everything is done to preserve the vines and ensure their longevity, in order to bequeath them as a heritage to future generations. This is why 20% of the vineyard is still made up of century-old vines.
This long-term, environmentally friendly approach has been rewarded with the HVE (High Environmental Value) certification that Haut-Bailly enjoys. This label attests to the actions put in place by the château to protect biodiversity, along with the limited impact of its farming practices on the environment.
The vineyard's management is part of an ongoing pursuit based on observation. The wine-growers strive to keep listening to the vines on a daily basis and act only according to what they need. The search for lasting quality involves a series of steps: respectful sap-flow pruning, possible thinning of the harvest after flowering, vinification by plot, the strict selection of batches.
The visit offered at Château Haut-Bailly within the framework of the exhibition will focus on pruning. Since 2013, Haut-Bailly's wine-growers have been trained in a pruning method that is “gentler” on the vine stocks. New techniques have been adopted, which help the plant to live longer. This vine design makes it possible to improve the vineyard's longevity and in particular preserve the unique heritage of old vines, some of whose stocks are 120 years old. In the vineyard, pruning is without a doubt one of the operations that requires the most precision and know-how.
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