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Vineyard working

We are committed to sustainable and precise winegrowing methods that allow us to optimize the tremendous potential of our different terroirs and ensure regular quality while respecting the environment.

Precise vine-growing methods

The diverse soils and subsoils at Château Fleur Cardinale determine the specific way the plants function in terms of water, limestone and root development.

Although the diversity of the soil has a natural “buffering” effect on the vintage factor, each of the 49 plots at Château Fleur Cardinale must be managed individually.

The vine-growing methods are therefore adapted according to the vines’ phenological stages and the different types of terroir to enable them to express their potential to the full.

The vines are earthed up after the harvest to protect them from frost.

Fertilisers are precisely applied based on analysis results and only organic-approved fertilizers are used.

Meticulous harvesting methods

After initial sorting on the vines, the grapes are harvested by hand in small crates to prevent the berries from being squashed and bursting, which would lead to premature oxidation of the must.

When they arrive in the winery, the bunches of grapes go through a state-of-the-art destemmer which carries out a second sorting process.

A “Tribaie” sorting machine sorts the grapes a third time by measuring their density.

Finally, the evenly ripened harvest makes its way to the vibrating sorting table where a last sorting process is carried out by hand to remove any remaining green parts.

The berries fall into a mobile 5-hectolitre bin positioned at the end of the sortingline. This bin is then conveyed by electrical fork lift truck to the vat room. The vat-filling operation is therefore done by gravity-flow, the system is fast and handles the fruit with greater care.