BIODYNAMIC PRACTICES AT THE CHÂTEAU
At Château Monestier La Tour, the biodynamic approach has an influence at several levels:
• in response to the climate each year: it enables, through observation and a range of treatments, the production of a high quality harvest thanks to healthy, balanced vines. Herbal teas and decoctions are used to compensate for the vagaries of the climate.
• in the medium term: it enables the respect of natural rhythms and cycles. The winegrower has to maintain and engage the vineyard in a long-term process, ultimately reaching a beneficial, reassuring harmony for each vine.
• in the long term: it should bring about a qualitative improvement in the terroir through sustainable treatment of the soil and the ecosystem in general. The wines can then achieve a subtle balance between depth, freshness, elegance and fruit.
The preservation of nature and resources is obviously a fundamental aspect of a commitment to organic, biodynamic agriculture. Thus, to reduce water consumption, rainwater is collected for treatments in the vineyard.
Geothermal energy is used to regulate the temperature in the vat room and for air conditioning.More about Biodynamics
THE HERB GARDEN
The creation of a “useful garden” is another part of this biodynamic conversion.
Here are some examples of how the plants are used: