The Château La Pointe staff spend 80% of their time outdoors, in the vineyard. The vine plants, our “production tools”, are totally exposed. The grapes, our “finished product” remain exposed to the elements. As winegrowers, we are among the most concerned by climate change. When undertaking the renovation of our vat room and cellar in 2009, it seemed obvious we should install a solar powered electrical system and a rainwater recycling plant. It was a first step…
Winegrowers are aiming more and more to produce the best wines possible while preserving their environment. Just like the Californian producers with their Napa Green label, the Bordeaux winegrowers have also set up an environmental charter known as the SME (Système de Management Environnemental) for Bordeaux wines.
Each participant brings their own reflection on environmental issues (whether they favour biodynamic, organic or integrated agricultural methods) allowing us all to progress in our daily actions for the protection of our environment.
Château La Pointe participates actively in the SME project, and considers the impact of the estate’s activity on its environment : energy consumption, waste recycling, anti-pest strategies, vine-care methods. The group work accomplished by several properties together allows us to share practical, concrete experiences.
We would be wrong to oppose the agronomist and the vine grower or the oenologist and the cellar master. Here we have the opportunity to combine the knowledge and skills of each, to combine quality and sustainability. The years to come will be extraordinary.
For centuries Man took an empirical approach and endured more than mastered the process, producing wines that could be either delicious or undrinkable.
As technical knowledge improved, the quality of wines became considerably more regular. However, these useful and necessary decades of oenological study caused a reduction in the time dedicated to the vines.
Nowadays “the old vine workers’ common sense” is respected and their observation and experience is valued. Partly freed from the cellar by the modern mastery of vinification, we have made a vital return to reality and to our vineyards.