Le Clos Jordanne's vineyards are farmed sustainably in order to preserve the natural balance of the vines and respect their terroir. We use traditional practices in the vineyard, which we feel helps maintain the quality of the fruit and its aromatic identity. Each parcel is treated individually according to its terroir specifications (climate, soil, disease pressure, etc.) and each vine is cared for by hand from pruning through to harvest.
At the start of the season, pruning begins using a single Guyot system and the canes are tied to the fruiting wire. Following bud break, each shoot is positioned by hand, removing lateral and shoulder spurs for better ventilation and better concentration on each cluster. Just before véraison, the leaves are plucked on the eastern side of the vine, exposing the cluster to more sun and airflow, which promotes healthy ripening and prevents disease development. At mid-véraison, if the crop is too large, green harvesting occurs if disease pressure is spreading throughout the vineyard. Our spray program is based only on mined minerals: mainly copper and sulphur. These are ‘contact products’ (non-systemic) and target only the surface of the leaves and the grapes. Since these products are only effective temporarily, we must monitor the vineyards closely and spray as necessary to maintain vine health. After véraison, we net the entire vineyard to protect our grapes from bird damage until harvest.
In terms of soil management, the goal is to respect the macro and micro structure of the soil and to nurture and maintain a natural level of microbiological life. Every other row is cultivated and selected cover crop in the remaining rows, which creates competition within the root system and allows the top soil to remain loose and aerobic. Each year, the soil is broken up (deep ripping) in order to mix the soil structure and to help avoid compaction.
Finally, biodynamic practices are utilized to optimize the natural resistance of the vines. To achieve this, the vines are sprayed with a selection of herbal preparations.