Our High Environmental Value certification recognizes years of work on the estate to promote biodiversity.
HIGH ENVIRONMENTAL VALUE
Since its 2016 vintage, Château Fleur Cardinale has held individual High Environmental Value certification. This recognises above all that the fundamentals of biodiversity are very widely in place on the estate.
OUR ZERO INSECTICIDE POLICY
We combat grapevine moth using organically certified mating disruption systems, which enables us to rule out all insecticides, except for products against flavescence dorée, which are legally required by ministerial statute in France.
BIODIVERSITY PRESERVED BETWEEN THE ROWS OF VINES
We have implemented a range of measures to provide shelter and a source of food for a variety of macrofauna (earthworms, hares, birds, butterflies, tree frogs, etc.) and microfauna (bacteria and fungi). Our cover crops play this role, consisting of rye, vetch and crimson clover, as well as oats, alfalfa, sainfoin, red clover and trefoil.
CAREFULLY PLANNED BIODIVERSITY AROUND THE PARCELS PLANTED WITH VINES
Our tracks and banks are mown or clipped as late as possible to allow birds and small animals to flourish. At the same time we have added to the already existing cherry trees and the small apple orchard by planting seven types of fruit trees around the chateau: apricots, figs, plums, pears, more cherry trees and nectarines. We also let the parcels where the vines have been pulled up, lie fallow before planting young vines again. The fallow land with its wild flowers are sown with bee-forage species.
RECREATED GREEN RESERVE
There is a permanent natural fallow area on the property, which is a green reserve, where no human intervention occurs and nature takes back what is hers.
PARTNERSHIP WITH A BEEKEEPER
In 2018, we set up a partnership with a beekeeper, who installed ten hives on the estate to benefit from the flowering of the wattles that flourish in our green reserve.