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More than ten years ago, as part of its ongoing quest for innovation and excellence, Château Fourcas Hosten began to think about the best ways to look after its soil. This was not just a fashion-inspired “taste of the month”, but a sustained, real effort to reduce impact on the environment, by organising its teams around the Environmental Management System (EMS), including HVE3 certification beginning with the 2017 vintage.
Officially recognized as organic since November 2020, 100% of the estate’s vines is cultivated according to organic farming methods ; with ECOCERT certification in 2020 for the white, and in 2021 for the red.
In concrete terms, this commitment consists in applying exclusively natural treatments; no herbicides nor pesticides, only approved products. Every day, the estate’s teams till the soil, manage the grass cover crop, spray sulphur and clay or use infusions to strengthen the vines’ natural defences.
A balanced eco-system is maintained by preserving biodiversity, by enriching the soil with natural materials, such as barley and vetch, by planting hedges and reusing grape stalks, skins and pips.
With new energy in its soil and stronger vines, the estate’s terroir continues to reveal more and more of its great qualities.
Protecting the natural and human environment adds much greater value to the team’s work in the vines.
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