From 2006 to 2014, important changes were made to the vineyard: deep analysis of its soil by Gilles Rey, our agricultural consultant, revealed its extraodinary diversity on a mere 9.7 hectares.
Biac can now be likened to “Burgundy in Bordeaux”: a cluster of small domains each with its own, well defined soil type and matching grape variety, root stock or clone. Spot the difference between the two maps!
There are very few idle moments on a vineyard… And our consultants make sure we don’t forget it!
Throughout the year, many tasks are undertaken to help the vines mature efficiently during their growing cycle: most interventions are manual (and backbreaking!), others, like ploughing, require mechanical help from specially equipped tractors or “enjambeurs”.
At Château Biac, our philosophy is to look after the vines as we look after ourselves (hopefully). Many people ask whether we are organic, or bio dynamic. Our answer to that is: treat the vines as you would treat yourself: eating well, exercising regularly, etc., minimizes the risk of catching some crippling disease. However, science should be used when one faces a critical illness. We apply the same reasoning in the vineyard: regular ploughing and careful monitoring of what our soil needs in terms of organic amendments, encourages healthy biological soil life (don’t you love worms?). This helps our vines strengthen their immunity to disease. Sometimes, the region’s temperamental weather (and the law) dictate the need to apply certain scientific treatments which we follow diligently and carefully.
To help you follow our working calendar, we present it to you following the seasons.
Ultimately, the weather remains the one determining factor which we do not control but rules our lives. A good dose of sense of humor and adaptability is therefore a viticulturist’s best friend!
This is the time of the year when everything and everyone come together. The time we have all worked for, with different challenges every year in Bordeaux due to the capricious Atlantic weather fronts… It is also the time of joyful lunches and dinners with our dedicated team! Should you be visiting the area during that time, please join us!