vineyard size: 8.50 hectares
soil: clay, limestone
average age of vines: 55 yearsfarming: organic
harvest: by hand
winemaking: direct press, spontaneous fermentation in barrels with indigenous yeasts
aging: 24 months in barrels
added s02: low
After finishing wine school in 1990, Philippe made the decision to convert the vineyards to organics. the next two years were full of trial and error considering his wine education never included anything about organic viticulture. with time, Philippe managed to train his chardonnay plots to maximize terroir expression without any chemical treatments. rather, Philippe depended on the diverse mico-biological life in his vineyards to make dynamic wines. depending on the cuvée and the vintage, Philippe will age his wines in old oak from 6 months to as long as 5 years.