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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.


 


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