It doesn’t get more classic than Bordeaux. However, the region has been resting on its laurels for decades now, pumping out innocuous and frankly boring wines for too long. Now, some small producers are taking the reins back from the big houses and making unique, pure wines in harmony with the earth.
Vinotas Selections would like to introduce you to some of these fantastic farmers.
Domaine Emile Grelier
Domaine Emile Grelier is named after Delphine Vinet’s grandfather, who was a staunch supporter of local traditions and respecting the Earth.
Now, Benoit and Delphine Vinet and their children work 8 hectares (19.76 acres) of land in a single plot. Their vines are densely planted (6600 vines/hectare) to south-facing sandy, blue clay soils, with friendly cover crops between the rows, and beehives, insect hotels (to attract beneficial bugs) and bird sanctuaries to maximize biodiversity. To focus on quality, the vines are trained using the Cordon de Royat method. Everything is done in such harmony with Nature that the French government has been studying their methods to learn how to emulate their environmentally friendly vineyard management.