I consider myself as a winegrower completely. I arrived in Clairmont in 1986. It was small scale and even though things have developed since then, we still retain the same winegrower mindset.
Slapping wrists has never been Clairmont’s style. Progressing by encouragement, by explaining and by giving motivation produces far better results. And it is also a way of capitalising on the differences of each person.
We have not used weedkiller for almost a decade now. We are now reaching a more than decisive stage, because we are in the process of converting to organic winegrowing. How could I not protect this landscape where I have lived since I was born.
If there had not been Clairmont, I would probably not have been able to keep my vines, because I set out from scratch and it would have required too much from me in terms of labour and investments. Clairmont is my guarantee of keeping my vineyard and being able to work with peace of mind.
These days, cooperation is no longer fashionable, at least not in wine! We talk about the group, co-working, crowdfunding, relations… Pooling means, ideas, talents, linking people…, but this is what we have always done and continue to do to an even greater extent today!