Agnès Cade and Henri Gaussen are passionate vintners. They study the soil and the subsoil in order to plant the appropriate vines. Henri looks after the vines as a father would look after his family. As soon as the leaves fall in Winter, they prune the vines , differently , depending on age.
In Spring, there is no lack of work as the vines are growing. So, it is necessary to tie up, thin out ( i.e. remove useless branches ), clip the tops, plough ( to avoid the competition with weeds ),strip the fruit.
In Summer, when the vine lignifies , the bunches of grapes change colour and the shoots become woody.
In Autumn, the vine harvest is the busiest time, coming at the end of a year’s work. The grapes must be ripe ( sufficiently sweet to allow for the minimal alcohol content permitted ), since chaptalization is forbidden.
The varieties are picked and sorted by hand, each separately, depending on maturity.