Château Mayne-Vieil uses permanent grass cover between the rows of vines to reduce the need for herbicide sprays and also to reduce the compaction of the soil as fewer passes by tractor are required. The increased competition for water and nutrients also reduces the vigour of the vines, thus reducing the need for green harvesting, reducing yields and increasing the concentration of the grapes. The château is on course for Agriculture Respectueuse de l’Environnement en Aquitaine (AREA) certification, equivalent to the HVE Level 2, from which it can eventually progress to full HVE 3 accreditation.
Chateau Mayne Vieil Cerons 37.5cl 2009
The warm, early spring was followed by a cool summer. This means that flowering was spread out and ripening uneven. Very fine weather conditions in September and October led to the superb development of botrytis. A record number of passes in the vineyard accounts for wines of great complexity.